A view of Richmond Hill from Twickenham Meadows

Description

This King’s Topographical Collection view is taken from the Thames, with Twickenham Meadows at left, Petersham at right and Richmond Hill in the background. In the 18th century the area became a fashionable retreat for the nobility and the wealthy. At the time of making this drawing, John Spyers was living at what was later known as Grosvenor House (north of the Holly Road burial ground in Twickenham) about a mile away down the river from Twickenham Meadows. This aquatint might have been part of a series of four (or maybe six) views of houses of the local nobility of Isleworth and Twickenham published in 1784 in what was Spyers’s first professional venture after starting to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1780. A house in the Palladian style, possibly Cambridge Park, can be seen among the trees at left.

Full title:
A View of Richmond Hill from Twickenham Meadow. / Mr Spyres Delint ; G. Wells Exudit.
Published:
1 July 1784, London
Publisher:  
William Dickinson
Format:
Aquatint / Etching / Hand colouring / View
Creator:
John Wells, John Spyers
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Maps K.Top.41.18.c.

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