The View from Richmond Hill
A Great Painting Location
The scenic panorama from the promenade terrace at the top of Richmond Hill has been described as "an unrivalled landscape". It's the only view in England to be protected by an Act of Parliament - the Richmond, Ham and Petersham Open Spaces Act passed in 1902.
It's also been the subject of paintings by various famous artists including Sir Joshua Reynolds and J.M.W. Turner - and is still a great painting location for today's landscape painters.
Find out more about the history of the view, its context and how to get to it below.
"The view from Richmond hill is, by universal consent, the finest within a few miles of London. Indeed, of its kind, it is difficult to surpass anywhere."— The Queen's London: A Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery
Location of Richmond Hill
The View from Richmond Hill is from the park which runs alongside the road of the same name. It looks down over Terrace Gardens to the River Thames and its small islands on the bend in the river - plus and the water meadows at the bottom of the hill.
One of the best views of it is near to the house formerly occupied by, Sire Joshua Reynolds, the First President of the Royal Academy of Arts
- BBC - London - In Pictures - Richmond Hill
Stunning views out of London from the terrace at Richmond Hill
The View from Richmond Hill - Painters
England: Richmond Hill on the Prince Regent’s Birthday - J.M.W. Turner (1775 to 1851)
This painting was exhibited by Turner at the Royal Academy in 1819. It now hangs in the Tate Britain Gallery, London.
Richmond Hill and the Thames, London - Jasper Francis Cropsey - 1861
" a large and important work...in which that favourite national scene of ours is treated with a most circumstantial fidelity and completeness of detail and, at the same time, with refined poetical feeling and brilliancy of effect which we have so often admired in the much varied productions of that artist."— American landscape artist Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900)
Did You Know?
In 1733 William Byrd named Richmond, Virginia because the view of the James River reminded him of this view from Richmond Hill
More about artists who have painted Richmond Hill
Artists who have painted Richmond Hill include:
- great English painters of the past: Constable, Turner, Reynolds and Gainsborough
- Government Art Collection - View of the Thames from Richmond Hill by Peter Tillemans (1684-1734)
A panoramic painting of the "View from Richmond Hill", painted for the Lord Radnor, from his house by Peter Tillemans (1684-1734) - now part of the Government Art Collection
- Tae Museum | selection of paintings of the view from Richmond Hill by JMW Turner
Paintings of the view from Richmond Hill by JMW Turner
- BBC - Your Paintings - View from Richmond Hill, Surrey
View View from Richmond Hill, Surrey by John James Chalon. Find out more and explore similar paintings in the UK national art collection.
- Market news: painting of Richmond Hill has to stay in the UK - Telegraph
A painting of Richmond Hill in 1862 by American artist Jasper Francis Cropsey has had its export license deferred for the second time in 13 years, says Colin Gleadell.
- The view from Richmond Hill near London | Heather on her travels
The view from Richmond Hill near London as painted by many artists over the centuries
Modern Day Painters - painting Richmond Hill
- Painting the view from Richmond Hill near London | Heather on her travels
The story of a painter on Richmond Hill near London.As I walked along the terrace above Richmond Hill to admire the famous view, I paused to chat with an artist who had set up his easel there. ‘Yes’ he replied, ‘But a boring one’. He told me how unt
The View from Richmond Hill - Information
The View from Richmond Hill - information
- The view from Richmond Hill - London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Richmond Local Studies Collection local history note on the view from Richmond Hill.
- Richmond Hill, London - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Richmond Hill in Richmond, London is a hill that rises gently on its northern side from the ancient Thames meadowlands around the site of Richmond Palace up to and slightly beyond the Richmond Gate entrance to Richmond Park, the former royal hunting
- Protected view unveiled to public
England's only view to be protected by an Act of Parliament has been unveiled after a major restoration project. The viewing area from Richmond Hill in south-west London gives a panoramic view of the capital taking in the river Thames, royal parks an
- Newcastle University eTheses: The protected vista :an intellectual and cultural history, as seen fro
A detailedstudy of the intellectual history of the view from Richmond Hill, and the role it played as a model English picturesque landscape, this dissertation traces the values inherent in that view
The Thames Landscape Strategy - London's Arcadia
The Thames Landscape Strategy focuses on the remarkable river corridor between Hampton and Kew.
Launched in 1994, the strategy is a 100-year blueprint for the Thames, whose vision is to conserve, enhance and promote for the future, one of the world's great urban landscapes.
- Thames Landscape Strategy | The Arcadian River Thames between Hampton and Kew
Thames Landscape Strategy - Conserve, protect and enhance for the future, the River Thames between Hampton and KewThe Thames Landscape Strategy is one of three sub-regional partnerships for the Thames in the greater London area, whose focus is the re
- Richmond upon Thames: London's Arcadia
It's an exciting time for Richmond upon Thames. 122 projects have been identified as part of the Arcadia project that will take 4 years to complete, cost 3.3million and complete a true renaissance of London's Arcadia to honour the vision of those who
"The terrace at Richmond does assuredly afford one of the finest prospects in the world. Whatever is charming in nature or pleasing in art, is to be seen here: nothing I had ever seen or ever can see elsewhere, is to be compared to it."— Charles P. Moritz, "Travels in England in 1782"