Ramsgate, c. 1824. Tate
Turner‘s House Trust is delighted to announce its second exhibition of original works of art by J.M.W. Turner. The exhibition comprises eleven Turner watercolours and engravings, painted at a time when Turner was at his most popular and commercially successful.
Turner’s English Coasts focuses on Turner’s engagement with English marine and coastal subjects at a pivotal time in his career when he was living at Sandycombe Lodge, the house he designed and lived in between 1813 to 1826, at Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 2LR.
Guest-curator Christine Riding has deliberately selected works which underline the close relationship between Turner’s images of maritime Britain and contemporary print culture. The exhibition includes projects financed by professional engravers and publishers to those instigated by Turner himself. Some were commercially successful (the finished watercolours in the exhibition were and still are highly desirable to art collectors), while others were personal experiments. Crucially, it was through such projects – unprecedented in their breadth and quality – that Turner was to achieve an international reputation.
Turner’s House Trust are grateful to the Tate for the loan of these paintings.
From 1827, the year after he sold Sandycombe Lodge, Turner visited Petworth House in West Sussex on an annual basis for the next ten years. There remain twenty paintings by Turner at Petworth, which is the largest collection of his oils outside Tate Britain. This talk explores the artist’s relationship with one of his favourite places, described by Turner’s contemporary John Constable as “that house of art”.
Andrew Loukes has worked with public art collections for 30 years. He was the House and Collections Manager at Petworth House (the most important art collection in the care of the National Trust) for 11 years and previously was a curator at Manchester Art Gallery and Tate Britain. He has curated exhibitions on Blake, Constable and seven on Turner, including the recent exhibition ‘Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings’ at Turner’s House in 2020. Andrew is also a former trustee of the Turner’s House Trust. He is now Consultant Curator of the Egremont Collection at Petworth.
April 13th – From the Sublime to the Ridiculous – Turner’s sense of scale, by Franny Moyle. Chaired by Clare Pardy.
Moyle looks at Turner’s interest in scale, his ‘all seeing eye’, and how this relates to his world view. Taking a number of paintings executed during the ‘Sandycombe Years’ she will invite those joining the talk to look again at Turner’s work, to consider how he uses scale to express sublime beauty, what there is to discover in looking closely at the detail of his work, and how this may relate to his own spiritual beliefs.
Franny Moyle is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster whose biography of Turner, The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. She is a trustee of Turner’s House.
April 20th – Turner and the ‘Matchless Vale of Thames’ , by Catherine Parry-Wingfield. Chaired by Lucinda MacPherson.
For the great landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, the river Thames provided him with a huge source of inspiration, from his childhood in the early 1780s to the end of his life in 1851. He was particularly enthralled by the Arcadian stretch of the river as it winds past Richmond and Twickenham, where he chose to build his retreat, Sandycombe Lodge. This talk takes its title from the 18th century Richmond poet, James Thomson, whose work was still much admired many decades after his death, and whose verses were in Turner’s mind as he walked and sketched his way along Richmond Hill to capture the moods of the river and the famous view.
Catherine Parry-Wingfield is an art historian with a long career in teaching and lecturing, specialising in the visual arts of 18th and early 19th century Britain and Europe. She was a trustee of Turner’s House Trust from its inception in 2005, and chair from 2013 to 2019, during which time she was actively engaged as a member of the conservation project team, particularly with the presentation of the interior. She has written two booklets, J.M.W. Turner, R.A. – the artist and his house at Twickenham and J.M.W. Turner and the ‘Matchless Vale of Thames’ (available from Turner’s House) and an article for The London Gardener, 2012, The Grounds of Sandycombe Lodge, J.M.W. Turner’s Country Retreat at Twickenham.
April 27th – Understanding the Fine Print: Turner’s Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England , by Nicola Moorby. Chaired by Romy Murray.
For almost his entire residency of Sandycombe Lodge, Turner would have been working on the print publication, Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England, his first major independent series of topographical views. This talk discussed the background and circumstances of the project, particularly focusing on the techniques and skill of Turner and his printmakers, as well as revealing the highs and lows of their professional collaborations.
Nicola Moorby is an independent art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Formerly at Tate Britain, where she managed the Prints and Drawings Rooms, she was a significant contributor to Tate’s updated online catalogue of the Turner Bequest and has worked as a curator on several exhibitions. She has contributed to numerous publications on Turner, including as co-editor and author of How to Paint Like Turner (Tate Publishing 2010). She has appeared as an expert on television and radio, including most recently, Great Paintings of the World with Andrew Marr.
Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
Booking via Eventbrite is now open.
Patron Circle, Sandycombe Circle and Supporters Circle members are all treated to regular priority access to Turner’s House and are invited to a series of exclusive events where they can explore behind-the-scenes insights, enjoy private views and conversations with experts on many aspects of J.M.W. Turner’s life and work and his country retreat in Twickenham. Circles events are held both in person and by Zoom.
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March 18th: ‘Cambridge Park Revealed’. An online talk with local historian Jonathan Crofts. This talk on Cambridge Park in East Twickenham will coincide with the release of his new book published in March.
May 13th: ‘Turner’s Liber Studiorum and the vogue for aquatint’. A conversation with Rosie Razzall, Curator of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust by Zoom.
May Date to be confirmed: Turner Originals – Exhibition Private Views.
Watch this space for the summer and autumn plans including, we hope, the opportunity for a Summer party face to face.
On 4th February 2021, Circles members joined Tate Curator Amy Concannon in an exclusive conversation on the Tate Britain exhibition ‘Turner and the Modern World’ .
In October 2020, Circle members were part of a fascinating conversation on The Story behind the Turner Contemporary. As this Margate marvel closed in the Autumn 2020 for a major extension project, Circle members heard from the people behind the cultural renaissance sparked by the 2011 opening of the Turner Contemporary. .
In September 2020, Circle members met Dr Jacqueline Riding, Historical Consultant and Author, in a conversation about Mike Leigh’s film, Mr Turner. Jacqueline worked for over two years as the Art History Advisor on the production and shared her entertaining insights and experience.
All families activities have been put on hold until further notice.
Launched in 2018, in 2020 we will continue with a series of bitesize lunch-time lectures. Join us to delve deeper into Turner’s time at Sandycombe Lodge, hear behind-the-scenes accounts of our restoration project and find out about the hidden history of the building.
10 minute lunchtime talks take place once a month at 12.45. This is included in general admission to the property and the 1 pm tour of the property.
For more information and booking details, please email email@example.com or call us on 020 8892 5485
We are delighted that Bank of England have announced that the new £20 note featuring J.M.W. Turner and The Fighting Temeraire (1838) will be available from 20th February 2020!
For our press release please view here: Turner twenty pound note