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Carl Laubin - The Star and Garter From the Thames Footpath.<br />
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The only view in England which is considered so beautiful it is protected by an Act of Parliament has been captured by various artists in a new book.<br />
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The view from Richmond Hill in London would normally have been buried under urban sprawl as the capital has grown over the last hundred years, but thanks to the enlightened Act of 1902 this idyllic oasis still survives<br />
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Under the Richmond, Ham and Petersham Open Spaces Act (1902), no construction was allowed which would impinge on the picturesque view from Richmond Hill in south-west London made famous by artist's such as JMW Turner in the previous century.<br />
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Prominent in the panorama - perched on top of Richmond Hill - is the Grade II listed Star and Garter Building which until recently housed injured ex-servicemen but has now been converted into 84 apartments.<br />
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Seventeen artists were commissioned for the project - which also included an exhibition - and they have created idyllic snapshots of the Star and Garter Building, Richmond Park and the river Thames from different vantage points.