Turner's House, Twickenham

Turner's House, Twickenham
40 Sandycoombe Road
Twickenham
London
TW1 2LR
England

Website

www.turnerintwickenham.org.uk/

E-mail

info@turnerintwickenham.org.uk

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JMW Turner's House, Twickenham

It’s been a well-kept secret that Britain’s greatest landscape painter, J.M.W. Turner, designed his own house in Twickenham 200 years ago, as a country retreat for himself and his father. Turner’s House Trust is leading a fascinating project to restore the house to its original appearance, open it to visitors, display the Livermore Collection of Turner material, and set up a programme of activities and learning opportunities to involve people of all ages. We’re launching a bicentennial appeal to help us ‘return Turner to Twickenham’ and preserve this unique example of the artist working in three dimensions.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

In 2013 Sandycombe Lodge will be open to the public from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm on the first Saturday of each month until October: Saturdays 6th July, 3rd August, 7th September and 5th October. There is no need to book, and all visitors are guided around the unrestored house in small groups.

Admission charges

Tickets are £4.00 per head.

Getting there

By public transport: St Margaret’s Station (trains from Waterloo) is five minutes’ walk away, and the 33, 490, H22, H37, R68 and R70 buses from Richmond stop close by. Visiting by car is not recommended: there is no parking at the house and a residents’ permit is required in all nearby streets.

As part of his bequest to Turner’s House Trust Prof. Harold Livermore left a large collection of watercolours, prints, drawings – and a few oil paintings - which are of great value in interpreting Turner’s own work and contemporary art and literature.

The collection of prints, oil and watercolour paintings and drawings that formed the Livermore Bequest are of great value in interpreting Turner’s own work and that of his contemporaries, and in relating to early l9th century visual culture and its links to literature.

Many of the prints are after Turner’s work, and he was closely involved in their production, using the potential of this medium to the full. The important coloured drawing by William Havell of Sandycombe Lodge shortly after it was built is a significant element of the collection.

A complete set of the engravings for Thames Scenery (75 in original stitched wrappers), the publication for which this work was made, has been generously donated, which highlights the significance of the landscape and buildings along the river at Richmond and Twickenham, a source of inspiration to Turner and to many other artists. A number of books on Turner and his contemporaries were included in the bequest, and this will be increased as a useful source of reference for study by visitors.

The set of 22 drawings by George Chinnery of Macaon villagers, acquired because of Professor Livermore’s academic background in Portuguese studies, presents an unusual and interesting aspect of early l9th century art, extending the range of the collection’s appeal.

Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • JMW Turner

Getting there

By public transport: St Margaret’s Station (trains from Waterloo) is five minutes’ walk away, and the 33, 490, H22, H37, R68 and R70 buses from Richmond stop close by. Visiting by car is not recommended: there is no parking at the house and a residents’ permit is required in all nearby streets.

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