Richard Wilson
On Hounslow Heath ?exhibited 1770

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Richard Wilson 1713–1782
On Hounslow Heath
Date ?exhibited 1770
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 425 x 527 mm
frame: 610 x 730 x 73 mm
Acquisition Presented by R.E.A. Wilson and M. Oliver 1929
Not on display

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The view shows the watermeadows beside the River Crane. This area of Hounslow Heath was not known for its beauty or cultural significance. Instead, the attraction of this picture lies in the beauty of the sky and the reflections in the water. In this it is an example of a new type of landscape view, designed to bring a vision of a rural idyll into the city dweller's home. The picture was commissioned by Tom Davies, who was a Bloomsbury bookseller, and one of a growing number of middle-class urban patrons of English landscape subjects.

September 2004

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