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Turner often treated the panoramic view of the river Thames from Richmond Hill. His grandest version of this view is the large canvas exhibited in 1819, England: Richmond Hill on the Prince Regent's Birthday. As in other treatments of this prospect, Turner enlivens the foreground with elegant figures.
The engraver of this plate, JT Willmore, worked on thirteen other subjects for
this series. This plate was one of the last to be engraved before the England and Wales project was brought to a premature end by the insolvency of the publisher Charles Heath.