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The view from Richmond Hill sweeping down over the Thames is considered so beautiful it is the only one in England protected by an Act of Parliament. Its splendour has been captured and immortalised by Turner, Reynolds and Constable.
A new generation of artists has been inspired to create a collection of more than 50 paintings with fascinating perspectives of the world-famous panorama. The paintings were unveiled at the exhibition of VIEWS, The Star and Garter and its setting, at The Star and Garter Richmond Hill. A book has been published to showcase the art.
17 leading artists were awarded commissions to celebrate the restoration of The Star and Garter building by developer London Square, which sponsored the VIEWS project. The Grade II listed landmark stands at the top of Richmond Hill, with the glorious view over the Thames and the bucolic landscape of Richmond Park. It was the former home for injured ex-servicemen and women, the Royal Star & Garter Homes charity, which was opened by Queen Mary and King George V after the First World War. The art and book is for sale with the proceeds of the book and the equivalent gallery fee donated to The Victoria Foundation, a medical charity based in Richmond which will dedicate the money to its work with the elderly.
Artists range from leading painters such as Naomi Alexander, noted for her paintings of Chatsworth, and architectural artist Varsha Bhatia, to Daily Mail cartoonist Mac, aka Stan McMurtry. The artists have captured views to and from The Star and Garter, architectural aspects of the landmark building designed by Sir Edwin Cooper, as well as scenes of Richmond Park.
London Square has completed the grand restoration of the main building and its listed gardens, preserving an impeccable royal and cultural lineage. There are 86 architecturally stunning apartments and duplexes, with the opportunity to enjoy a private view of the beautiful vista of the Thames and beyond. More than 70 per cent of the apartments have been sold.
Graham Ball, Chief Executive, The Victoria Foundation, said: “This exhibition by a number of eminent and well known artists both local and national, celebrates the transition of this wonderfully restored building into the next exciting phase of its life. The many interpretations capture the very essence of this magnificent building and its unbeatable setting. It has both local and national importance and this exhibition entertains the art lover on many levels. The paintings themselves are a varied triumph and a feast for the eyes.”
Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive, London Square, which purchased the building in 2013 from the Royal Star and Garter Homes charity, said: “We are privileged to be supporting a project of such national artistic significance. VIEWS is a splendid legacy for a much-loved London landmark.”
VIEWS exhibition runs until 4 May at The Star and Garter Richmond Hill TW10 6RR by appointment only. VIEWS book is on sale for £20 (excluding p&p)
For details on viewing the exhibition and buying the book: www.thevictoriafoundation.org.uk/support-us/events/