Turner's House

Turner's House The once-rural Twickenham retreat designed and built by England's foremost painter JMW Turner in 1813, has been carefully restored and is opening 19th July
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JMW Turner RA designed and built Sandycombe Lodge in 1813 as his retreat in once-rural Twickenham. Turner’s House Trust is fundraising to restore the building and to open it to the public in summer 2017. The Trust also plans to offer a broad programme of activities which will draw in many sectors of the public, from young children to those seeking to learn more about art and architecture, or to learn to paint, whatever their age. About the house Sandycombe Lodge is a little-known treasure: here JMW Turner became his own architect, and in 1813 built a picturesque small country villa close to the Thames. Turner entertained his friends at the house, including the architect Sir John Soane, whose influence is visible throughout the building. Sandycombe Lodge was left in trust on the death of its then owner Professor Harold Livermore in 2010 and with the Trust’s objectives in mind, the Trustees commissioned an Options Appraisal with the support of the Architectural Heritage Fund. It is now 200 years since Turner built Sandycombe Lodge, and the house, listed Grade II*, is still almost totally intact but has some unsightly later additions. However it is threatened by damp and decay, is on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register and in need of major conservation. The restoration project The Trust will repair the fabric of the house and restore it to its original appearance, as designed by Turner. Visitors will be able to explore this small but beautiful building, discovering Turner’s ways of working and learning more about his deep love of the river landscape. Everyday life in the house will come entertainingly alive through traditional and digital interpretation. The house will open five days per week, 46 weeks per year and we anticipate 9,200 visitors in the first year. The surviving section of the original garden, which is of great importance to the presentation and character of the house, will also be restored. As well as renewing the planting and reinstating the “grassy mound” revealed in a 1814 illustration, access issues will be addressed with new paths to allow maximum accessibility and where possible include provision for wheelchair users.

Operating as usual

#DontMissIt! We are very #happy to welcome #visitors to the house again! Have you booked your ticket yet? Remember that ...
08/09/2020

#DontMissIt! We are very #happy to welcome #visitors to the house again! Have you booked your ticket yet? Remember that the exhibition Turner and the Thames is still on! Also our House Director has promised a full #guidedtour for the #lucky 300th booking of the month!

#Dontforget that our House Director has promised to offer a #private guided #tour of the house and exhibition to the 300...
14/08/2020

#Dontforget that our House Director has promised to offer a #private guided #tour of the house and exhibition to the 300th booking this month! Well worth a visit! Ticket on http://turnershouse.org/booking/

#onthisday in 1821. #Turner writes to his friends, inviting them to the second #meeting of the “Pic-nic-Academical Club”...
07/08/2020

#onthisday in 1821. #Turner writes to his friends, inviting them to the second #meeting of the “Pic-nic-Academical Club” at Sandycombe Lodge. He provides them with a #map, drawn on the reverse of the invitation.

#weareopen We are finally #open and very #excited to #welcome you back! We are also so very #lucky to say that the exhib...
06/08/2020

#weareopen We are finally #open and very #excited to #welcome you back! We are also so very #lucky to say that the exhibition Turner and the Thames: Five Painting is still on! Booking is essential now, so please visit www.turnershouse
Tate Gentle Mathias Cantell & Co

#onthisday in1831. #Turner visits Walter Scott’s former #home, Ashestiel. The #sketch that he makes is to become the vig...
05/08/2020

#onthisday in1831. #Turner visits Walter Scott’s former #home, Ashestiel. The #sketch that he makes is to become the vignette #illustration to Marmion.

Ashestiel, 1833 – J. Horsburgh after J.M.W. Turner

Fiona P. volunteer guide, ‘If you come and visit Sandycombe Lodge, Turner’s House in #Twickenham, you might have an inte...
01/08/2020

Fiona P. volunteer guide, ‘If you come and visit Sandycombe Lodge, Turner’s House in #Twickenham, you might have an interest in #art, in #Turner in particular, in #construction, #architecture, #interiordesign, there’s something to pique your interest in antiques, print-making, #sketching, #fishing (because he would use Sandycombe Lodge as his bolthole and go on fishing trips), #gardening, #history, #maps, #technology (as Turner was always interested in new technology and would like to display that in perhaps some of his prints that show old and new technologies together) industry, #painting, domestic life, #sculpture, model-making, #textiles and all the detail in between. So if you #love any of those subjects (it’s quite broad!) there’s something there for you at Turner’s House and you can get a feel for the serenity and how rural the surroundings were in Turner’s day. This house he designed and built himself.’

#onthisday in 1819. #Turner sails from Dover at the start of his first tour of #Italy. He could finally fulfil his #drea...
31/07/2020

#onthisday in 1819. #Turner sails from Dover at the start of his first tour of #Italy. He could finally fulfil his #dream to visit the places that his #masters had painted before him. #museumsfromhome

We are only one week away from the reopening of Turner’s House and we would like to say #THANKYOU to #NationalLottery pl...
30/07/2020

We are only one week away from the reopening of Turner’s House and we would like to say #THANKYOU to #NationalLottery players to enable National Lottery Heritage Fund to make it possible! #ThanksToYou for allowing us to provide all safety measures for a safe reopening! The National Lottery

Have you booked your ticket yet? We will open again from 6th August and very #excited to #welcome you in! And don’t forg...
28/07/2020

Have you booked your ticket yet? We will open again from 6th August and very #excited to #welcome you in! And don’t forget!! Our #amazing exhibition Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings is still on!! #museumreopening

#VolunteersWeekends Joy, volunteer since 2005. ‘Before the start of the renovation of the House I went to the #garden to...
25/07/2020

#VolunteersWeekends Joy, volunteer since 2005. ‘Before the start of the renovation of the House I went to the #garden to collect a couple of #plants as a #memory of the old garden - Primrose plant which now has spread to other parts of my garden and Doronicum (Leopard's Bane).’

#onthisday in 1813. In a four-oared boat, Turner and sixteen friends row from #London to #Richmond, have a picnic lunch ...
24/07/2020

#onthisday in 1813. In a four-oared boat, Turner and sixteen friends row from #London to #Richmond, have a picnic lunch in Ham Meadows and then row to #Twickenham for coffee and tea at Sandycombe Lodge. #museumsfromhome

The #bignews are not yet finished! Thanks to @Tate generousity, we are #thrilled to announce that our exhibition #Turner...
20/07/2020

The #bignews are not yet finished! Thanks to @Tate generousity, we are #thrilled to announce that our exhibition #Turner and the #Thames: Five Paintings has been #extended until 31st October 2020! For tickets and new guidelines please visit https://turnershouse.org/visit-us/

Three years ago today, Turner’s House opened to the public after an award winning #restoration project. Today we are del...
19/07/2020

Three years ago today, Turner’s House opened to the public after an award winning #restoration project. Today we are delighted to announce that from Thursday 6 August we will be #open to the public once again. #Tickets and guidelines are now available at https://turnershouse.org/visit-us/

#onthisday in 1831. After attending the Royal Academy’s General Assembly, #JMWTurner leaves #London for #Scotland, to ca...
18/07/2020

#onthisday in 1831. After attending the Royal Academy’s General Assembly, #JMWTurner leaves #London for #Scotland, to carry out a commission for Sir Walter Scott. #museumsfromhome

W.Miller after JMW Turner, 'Edimburgh from Blacford Hill', 1833

#VolunteersFridays Our Mary Rose, volunteer guide since 2013. ‘No need to worry about losing your way to #Turner’s House...
17/07/2020

#VolunteersFridays Our Mary Rose, volunteer guide since 2013. ‘No need to worry about losing your way to #Turner’s House. #ThankYou @RichmondCouncil for providing four new pedestrian road signs’. Now it will be much easier get to us!

#VolunteersFridays We are so pleased to see all our #volunteers involved with Turner's House even during this strange pe...
10/07/2020

#VolunteersFridays We are so pleased to see all our #volunteers involved with Turner's House even during this strange period! Yesterday we had our Third Virtual Volunteers #Meeting and was #great sharing all the exciting #news to come with them!

#VolunteersFridays Robin, garden volunteer. 'It has been fascinating to watch the #changes over the years. The new lands...
03/07/2020

#VolunteersFridays Robin, garden volunteer. 'It has been fascinating to watch the #changes over the years. The new landscaping has been impressive to watch taking shape and it has been a #joy to spot all the new #plants coming through week by week.'

#onthisday in 1815. #Turner declines an invitation in order to visit Sandycombe Lodge to #celebrate his father’s 70th bi...
29/06/2020

#onthisday in 1815. #Turner declines an invitation in order to visit Sandycombe Lodge to #celebrate his father’s 70th birthday. ‘Old Dad’ was born #today in 1745.

#VolunteersFridays Joy, volunteer steward 'In 2005 I drew the house after joining the Friends of TH set up to support Pr...
26/06/2020

#VolunteersFridays Joy, volunteer steward 'In 2005 I drew the house after joining the Friends of TH set up to support Prof Livermore in his wish to preserve the house for the nation. This #painting was made into a card and that was the beginning of my interest in #SandycombeLodge

#onthisday in 1840 The 65-year-old #Turner meets his great #admirer, the 21- year-old #JohnRuskin for the first time. Ru...
22/06/2020

#onthisday in 1840 The 65-year-old #Turner meets his great #admirer, the 21- year-old #JohnRuskin for the first time. Ruskin had decided to dedicate his energies to support Turner at the age of 13, when he received S. Rogers' book 'Italy' featuring #illustrations by the #artist.

Happy #FathersDay!! Let’s celebrate all the wonderful #dads around the world and especially #JMWTurner’s ‘Old Dad’ who t...
21/06/2020

Happy #FathersDay!! Let’s celebrate all the wonderful #dads around the world and especially #JMWTurner’s ‘Old Dad’ who the #artist loved greatly! Who knows if Turner would have been as #famous if Old William wouldn’t push him to become an artist?

#VolunteersFridays David, volunteer guide since 2011. 'I really like the connoisseur #tours because I can use all the aw...
19/06/2020

#VolunteersFridays David, volunteer guide since 2011. 'I really like the connoisseur #tours because I can use all the awful jokes that there isn’t time for on the standard tours. You have been warned.'
We #cannotwait to have you back, David!

#MuseumsFromHome Join our House Director #exploring European Ceramics and Willow Pattern pottery. It is known that #JMWT...
16/06/2020

#MuseumsFromHome Join our House Director #exploring European Ceramics and Willow Pattern pottery. It is known that #JMWTurner owned 40 pieces of Willow Pattern China as these were listed in the inventory of his house in Marylebone in 1851 -
https://youtu.be/SaMWLWMbEfY

#VolunteersFridays Fiona P., volunteer guide since 2016. 'I'm fascinated by the house and always enjoy showing visitors ...
12/06/2020

#VolunteersFridays Fiona P., volunteer guide since 2016. 'I'm fascinated by the house and always enjoy showing visitors the collection of #prints in the Sitting Room from Turner’s ‘Liber Studiorum’ or Book of Studies (also known as Turner’s Drawing Book!). My favourite is ‘Windmill & Lock’ which shows the new canal lock alongside the old mill at Hanwell Flights. The range of tone and subtle #light effects achieved in the #engraving to emulate Turner’s #watercolours are something else!'

#onthisday in 1807. The #first number of the Liber Studiorum is published. 71 prints were produced between 1807 and 1819...
11/06/2020

#onthisday in 1807. The #first number of the Liber Studiorum is published. 71 prints were produced between 1807 and 1819, sold in bundles of 5. At the bottom left border of each print, note ‘Drawn and etched by #JMWTurner, R.A.’

#onthisday in 1841. Turner rows his boat into the middle of the #RiverThames to avoid being recorded in the 1841 census....
06/06/2020

#onthisday in 1841. Turner rows his boat into the middle of the #RiverThames to avoid being recorded in the 1841 census. He was 66 years old.

#VolunteersWeek2020 Our #amazing garden volunteers are finally back!! The #garden is fuller and more #colourful every da...
04/06/2020

#VolunteersWeek2020 Our #amazing garden volunteers are finally back!! The #garden is fuller and more #colourful every day! We look forward to being able to show it to you very soon! @ Turner's House

#museumsfromhome In 1807 Baroness Howe, tired of all the curious visiting the villa of the great #AlexanderPope, decided...
02/06/2020

#museumsfromhome In 1807 Baroness Howe, tired of all the curious visiting the villa of the great #AlexanderPope, decided to demolish it. #Turner was so upset about it that he shouted out his #disdain. Our David tells about it in his short talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvjjaNV3J4g

#VolunteersWeek2020 has started!! Turner's House would like to #ThankYou all the #amazingvolunteers that help us keeping...
01/06/2020

#VolunteersWeek2020 has started!! Turner's House would like to #ThankYou all the #amazingvolunteers that help us keeping up the work we do to share with the #community #JMWTurner's story and his time in #Twickenham! YOU ARE PRECIOUS! @ Turner's House

#onthisday in 1813Constable and Farington visit #Turner’s exhibition at his Queen Anne Street gallery. They meet “Old Da...
24/05/2020

#onthisday in 1813

Constable and Farington visit #Turner’s exhibition at his Queen Anne Street gallery. They meet “Old Dad’, who tells them that he has #walked there from #Twickenham that #morning; about eleven miles!

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Wishing all at Turner's House a very happy birthday! System Five, a 4energy group company, were members of the team that worked on this fascinating restoration project led by conservation architect Gary Butler of Butler & Hegarty Architects and Glevum Consulting and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Very good restoration of Turner's house in Twickenham, though it's environs have changed somewhat from his time here in the early 1800's
My first visit to the beautifully restored Turner's House