£2 million makeover needed to restore JMW Turner's house to former glory

By Sarah Jackson | 11 September 2013

A £2 million Bicentennial Appeal has been launched to preserve and restore the home of JMW Turner.

White house and garden.
Sandycombe Villa in Twickenham© Turner's House Trust
Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham was designed by the painter as a country retreat for himself and his elderly father. Although largely unspoilt, it is threatened with severe damp and long neglect and is now on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and match funding, the Trustees of the Turner House Trust can now begin the first stage to restore the villa and secure it for the nation. However, a further match fund of at least £600,000 is needed urgently.

“This little house is of national, indeed international, importance as a work by JMW Turner, England's greatest painter - unusually, one in three dimensions," said Catherine Parry-Wingfield, the chairman of the Trust.

“Turner's work is renowned throughout the world, and here is a gem of a building in a part of England which was inspirational to him.”

The Trustees are hoping that a year in which Mike Leigh will direct a film based on the life of Turner, played by Timothy Spall, will also see new interest in the house.

More pictures:

Tree roots damage in downstairs walls.
Damage caused by tree roots in the downstairs walls.© Turner's House Trust
Wall rot in basement
Rot in the basement in July 2013.© Turner's House Trust
Damage to ceiling in basement
Damage to the basement.© Turner's House Trust

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