As I walked along the terrace above Richmond Hill to admire the famous view, I paused to chat with an artist who had set up his easel there.
‘A famous view’ I commented to him. ‘Yes’ he replied, ‘But a boring one’. He told me how until a couple of years ago he had owned an art gallery on Richmond Hill, but now he took many commissions to paint this view. He’d done so many versions for people that it had become boring to him and he preferred to paint down at the river where the light is always changing. Many business people came from abroad to work in the city of London and rented flats on Richmond Hill. When they returned home, they all wanted to take a little piece of Richmond home with them.
Thus has a famous view become part of someone’s nostalgic memories and provided a steady trade for at least one Richmond Artist.
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