News from Turner’s House February 2020

News and Events from Turner’s House


Sir David Attenbourough looking through the telescope at Turner’s House


Message from the House Director

2020 has started out to be a fantastic season for Turner’s House. On 10th January Sir David Attenborough opened our first ever exhibition featuring original paintings by J.M.W. Turner. In just under three weeks the exhibition was sold out. The exhibition, Turner and the Thames: Five paintings, was widely reported in the national newspapers, including the Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph and praised by the art critic Will Gompertz in a review for BBC Arts News


House Director Ricky Pound and curator Andrew Loukes providing Sir David Attenborough with a private tour of Turner’s House


This was followed on February 15th by an article in the Financial Times and Turner’s House was also included in a six page article in Country Life (19/02/20) on the topic of artists and the River Thames.

Turner’s House can now claim the unique status of being the only museum where you can view paintings by Turner in a home designed and lived in by J.M.W. Turner.

Extension of the Turner and the Thames exhibition until 30th April

So popular has the Turner and the Thames: Five paintings exhibition proven to be that Tate Britain has generously agreed to extend the exhibition until Thursday 30 April.
Tickets can be purchased from the Turner’s House website at

Turner on the new £20 banknote.


Debbie Marriott talks to an invited audience about Turner on the new £20 banknotes


On 20th February 2020 the Bank of England issued the new £20.00 note which features J.M.W. Turner alongside arguably his most famous painting, The Fighting Temeraire (1838)A special preview of the new note was held at Sandycombe Lodge, with the Chief Cashier of the Bank of England, Sarah John, and the note’s designer, Debbie Marriott, talking about the production and imagery on the note.


The note- a few facts:

  • J.M.W. Turner was chosen out of a list of 590 figures associated with the visual arts.
  • The final five included the actress Barbara Hepworth, ceramic designer Josiah Wedgwood, satirical artist William Hogarth and comedian and star of the silent screen, Charlie Chaplin.
  • It is the first note to include a self-portrait.
  • It is one of the most colourful notes ever produced.
  • Around 50% of all notes in circulation are £20.00 notes
  • The note features the signature of J.M.W. Turner taken from his Will and the saying ‘light is therefore colour’.

For a video of the visit please see


Sandycombe Circle and Patrons Circle

On the same evening that the Bank of England released the new £20 banknote, Turner’s House Trust hosted a small evening event to launch its new Sandycombe and Patrons Circle. Both schemes offer benefits to members including free visits to the house, private views and priority bookings to events.
For further details please see the website at


Franny Moyle- a New Trustee

Turner’s House Trust are delighted that the author Franny Moyle has joined the board of Trustees. Franny has written a critically acclaimed biography entitled The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner (Penguin books, 2016). She is a former television executive and her first book Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites (2009) was adapted into the BBC drama serial Desperate Romantics by screenwriter Peter Bowker.


Family Event

March 21st– 10am – 12pm
‘Making Money’- What images of yourself would you like to have on a bank note? Get inspired by the new £20 note and J.M.W. Turner’s self-portrait and create a bank note?
Booking required. Included in general admission


10 Minute Talks

Walking with J.M.W. Turner and Sir Richard Long – 5th March
The Navy in the Age of Sail – 2nd April
What did J.M.W. Turner look like? – 7th May
Turner’s Freemason Friends: Soane, Scott, Ruskin & Beckford – 4th June
Turner and Italy – 2nd July

Booking required. Included in general admission. Talks start at 12.45pm
Further details at


February 26, 2020