The cult of the picturesque view ignores the reality of modern Britain

By Jonathan Jones

Campaigners from the Lake District to London are outraged at building plans that could alter cherished landscapes – but their inflexibility to change is elitist

Across Britain, views, apparently, are being spoiled. In Cumbria, the great-great-great-great grandson of William Wordsworth is supporting a campaign to stop the National Grid building pylons close to the Lake District National Park that would allegedly wreck some beautiful vistas. Meanwhile down south, Richmond is appalled by a new skyscraper in Stratford – on the opposite side of London – that will wreck a famous view of St Paul's from Richmond Park.

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