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London photos: Turner’s Richmond


J.M.W. Turner — subject of the film Mr. Turner — painted this view over the Thames from the top of Richmond Hill, in southwest London, quite a few times. The view hasn’t changed much in almost 200 years (this example is in the Tate collection):

England: Richmond Hill, on the Prince Regent's Birthday exhibited 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

(Click here for a larger version of my photo, and here for a larger version of Turner’s painting.)

I bet the view when you turn around hasn’t changed all that much either:


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