I've created a small website about it - The View from Richmond Hill - for those who want to know exactly where it is and what the view looks like - and some more about the artists associated with painting the view from the hill e.g.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds whose home (Wick House on Richmond Hill) has this view, or
- JMW Turner who painted it several time or
- Jasper Francis Cropsey, the American landscape painter (Hudson River School) whose painting of the View of Richmond Hill recently sold at Bonhams in New York. Cropsey later produced a massive painting of the same view - some eight feet wide - based on this study (and presumably others he made at the same time). This study is principally focused on the features of the landscape and doesn't have the figures seen in the later painting.
|View of Richmond Hill - Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900)|
previously exhibited as Study for Richmond Hill in the Summer of 1862
oil on canvas 12 1/2 x 20 1/2in
sold 21st May 2014 for $50,000 at Bonhams
I found it very tricky to get a place where you got a decent view of the bend in the river without running into other problems - like trees obscuring the view.
This is my "failed" photographic view. It's a classic one - with the horizon bisecting the image! You can at least see the river and the fact it has a curve and an island and some boats on it - plus some water meadows next to it!
|The view from Richmond Hill - in 2010|
I'm thinking maybe a visit in winter when there are no leaves might prove more fruitful - although it would appear this brings different challenges