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"A River Runs Through It: Riverside Views of the Thames"
2001-06-17 until 2001-08-26
Orleans House Gallery
UK United Kingdom
The River Thames beats at the heart of the Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. Spanning 21 miles, it flows through Barnes, Kew, Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington down to Hampton. Since the eighteenth century, artists have flocked to the banks of the river to depict its natural beauty, bustling river traffic, royal palaces and villas which sprang up, in the words of Twickenham poet Alexander Pope where Thames reflects.
A number of these stunning riverside views will go on display including one of the earliest, Peter Tillemans’ famous panoramic view of The Thames at Twickenham (c.1724-30).
Today, the river still stirs the imaginations of contemporary artists. This innovative exhibition juxtaposes historical paintings alongside dynamic paintings and sculptures, including abstract paintings by Richmond artist Felice Hodges.
Spanning the centuries, with past and present flowing as one; these works explore the many facets of the river – its nature, topography, geography and wildlife.