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Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

Talk, Fri 30 Sep 2016, £3-£4


Local Studies Richmond

020 8734 3309


268 Waldegrave Road,
Strawberry Hill,

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Peter Ackroyd calls the Thames ‘the most painted river in the world’. It has also been the favoured river of writers and poets. From its source to the sea it has been variously seen as the sweet river of Spenser’s Prothalamion and the ironically ‘sweet’ river of T.S.Eliot’s The Waste Land - from flowery arcadian banks to a river of death. In the nineteenth century the Pool of London was described as the ‘epicentre’ of the world – where all nations and commerce met.

This talk will journey down the river but particularly look at the way some of the greatest artists have treated the river and its banks in central London, where Hogarth, Canaletto, Scott, Turner, Constable, Egg, Dore, Whistler, Monet, Derain, Nevinson and others have celebrated both the poetry and romance as well as the commercial power and mystery of this great waterway.

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Event details

Dates Times
Fri 30 Sep 2016 18:30 to 19:30


£3 in advance, £4 on the door (these cannot be guaranteed)



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Map reference: TQ 158722  Lat: 51.43696 Long: -0.33539

By Road: At the London Road roundabout on the A316 take the exit signposted Twickenham A310.
At the mini roundabout turn left, you are still on London Road. Pass Twickenham Station on your left. At traffic lights you will have to bear right into King Street. Get over into left lane and turn left at the traffic lights into Cross Deep. You will pass Radnor Gardens leading down to the Thames on your left.
At mini roundabout turn right into Waldegrave Road. You will see Strawberry Hill House on your left. Just past the house is the turning into St. Mary's College where you can park
Bus: 33 travels from Hammersmith and through Richmond and the R68 travels from Kew Gardens Station, through Richmond Train and Bus Stations.
Train: Richmond Station
Tube: Richmond District Line
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