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This is a rather more detailed version of the view on folio 86 verso of the sketchbook (D10565; Turner Bequest 78a), extended slightly on the left to include Wick House, the slightly larger house that had belonged to the painter Sir Joshua Reynolds, as Turner was well aware. Butlin and Joll cite this drawing along with others running to folio 90 (D10572; Turner Bequest CXL 82) as similar in general terms to the composition of England: Richmond Hill, on the Prince Regent’s Birthday (Tate N00502)1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1819. The picture shows much the same view as Reynolds had enjoyed from Wick House.
Finberg states that this drawing is inscribed by Turner ‘Star and Garter’ (thus indicating the hotel on the top of Richmond Hill near the entrance to the park) but no such note is visible.
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.106–7 no.140 (pl.145).
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After Joseph Mallord William Turner Richmond Hill and Bridge, Surrey