What’s on at Sandycombe Lodge

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Events at Turner’s House

Tuesday  16th July

Free Volunteer Taster Day 10am-12pm

Be part of the incredible team that brings J.M.W. Turner’s house to life. Engage in art and local history and be part of a friendly team and gain new skills. Meet our volunteers and staff and learn more at this free volunteer taster day, 10am-12pm. If you are interested in attending please email us at info@turnershouse.org


House Director’s Architectural Tour of Turner’s House

Sunday October 13 at 11.00am

‘he declared if he could have had his life again, he would have been an architect’

Join House Director Ricky Pound as he examines the architectural influences at Sandycombe Lodge, a house designed by the artist J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) in 1813 and who lived there with his father until 1826. This tour will explore the diverse architectural styles Turner employed at his house, whilst assessing the influence on its design by Turner’s fellow Professor at the Royal Academy, the celebrated architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837).

The tour will last around 50 minutes. The group can consist of up to twelve visitors, so booking is strongly advised.

£10.00 per person.

Book at www.turnerhouse.org



Miniature Lands of Myth & Memory

J.M.W. Turner’s designs for Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works

& Life of Napoleon Buonaparte

From Friday 1st February 2019 until Sunday 22nd September

After J.M.W Turner, ‘Loch Coriskin’, from Walter Scott’s Poetical Works (1833-4)

‘Every valley has its battle and every stream its song’ Sir Walter Scott

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) and Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) first collaborated in 1818 on the Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland (pub.1819-1826) while the artist was still living at his Twickenham villa, Sandycombe Lodge. It signalled the beginning of a formidable partnership between Britain’s most famous artist and the internationally-celebrated author of Ivanhoe and Waverley.

This exhibition, the first to be staged at Turner’s newly-restored home, focusses on their last collaboration before Sir Walter’s death – the illustrations to his Poetical Works – and Turner’s next commission, the designs for the author’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte. The exhibition will lead the visitor on a time-travelling journey through the wild north of England, the contested Border country and the awesome grandeur of the Western Highlands on the trail of the individual landscapes, antiquities, folk tales and ballads that inspired Scott’s poetry, before turning to more recent history, to the warmer climes of France, Italy and the sublime Alps – witnesses to Bonaparte’s dazzling rise from promising child cadet, to general, emperor and the most powerful man in Europe.

10 Minute Talks at Turner’s House

Porcelain and Willow Pattern

Porcelain and willow pattern

Launched in 2018, in 2019 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 on the first Thursday of each month at 12.45. This is included in general admission to the property and the 1pm tour of the property.

Turner’s Historic Garden– 2nd May

Women in Turner’s Life– 6th June

European Ceramics and the evolution of the Willow Pattern– 4th July

Archaeology of Turner’s Garden– 1st August

For more information and booking details, please email  info@turnershouse.org or call us on 020 8892 5485