The Thames from Richmond Hill by Foster, circa 1880
The Thames from Richmond Hill by Myles Birket Foster, engraved by John Saddler, circa 1880.
Richmond Hill rises up from the meadowlands of the River Thames. It is near Richmond Palace, established by King Henry VII, and leads up past the gates of Richmond Park, which were the the hunting grounds of King Charles I. Land on and around the hill is protected by an act of Parliament to ensure the preservation of the scenic view of the river.
John Saddler (1813-1892) was an extensive engraver of prominent English artists. He engraved Myles Birket Foster's The Thames from Richmond Hill for Picturesque Europe, which was published in three volumes by Cassell, Petter, Galpin, & Co.
Foster (1825-1899) was a popular illustrator and watercolorist. While apprenticed to Ebenezer Landells he worked on pieces for Punch magazine and the Illustrated London Times. After ending his employment with Landells he continued to contribute to the Illustrated London Times and other periodicals, but he began training himself in watercolors. He became a successful painter and his work was often exhibited at the Royal Academy. He was an extensive traveller and painted a number of places throughout Europe. However, Foster is known best for his works depicting the English countryside.