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Richmond, Yorkshire, watercolour by J. M. W.Turner

This view of Richmond is one of a number of landscapes drawn for Turner’s most extensive topographical series, Picturesque Views in England and Wales 1827-38. 

Turner produced some of his finest watercolours for the project. Here he returned to the sketches made on his 1816 Yorkshire tour to create a deep panorama, surveying the moors above the River Swale. In the fifth and final volume of Modern Painters (1860), John Ruskin - who once owned this watercolour - praised the luxuriance of the foliage; elsewhere he had celebrated the humourous antics of the hat-wearing dog.