Encounter a little known and rarely seen side of Britain’s greatest artist.
Loved as the master of landscapes and seascapes such as The Fighting Temeraire, Hannibal Crossing the Alps and Norham Castle, few know that Turner’s sketchbooks also contain depictions of the female form.
Yet Turner was a compulsive recorder of his life and travels, and produced drawings and watercolours of models, sexual encounters, literary fantasies, and his lovers such as Sophia Booth.
This small-scale exhibition is one of the first to look at Turner’s engagement with the naked female form, specifically within intimate and erotic contexts and provides invaluable insight into the man, and his attitude to and relationship with women.
This exhibition is possible thanks to a generous loan from Tate.
Entrance to the exhibition is included with tickets to the house. Please purchase tickets on our Visit Us page.
Parental or guardian discretion is advised.
The exhibition is on the first floor and is reached via a narrow staircase of around 18 steps. Unfortunately, no lift facilities are available. The ground floor of the house is fully accessible, and a tablet device will be available for a virtual visit to the first floor and basement.
Too busy in the day to make it to Between the Sheets? Throughout the exhibition, we are offering late vies, on Friday nights. A perfect way to end the week, or start the weekend!
29 July, 12 and 26 August, 9 and 23 September, 7 and 21 October.
We are open until 8pm! Book your visit AT THIS LINK!
Join us for an afternoon full of activities! Learn about JMW Turner’s sketchbooks and artworks, and create your own book full of different artworks!
2:00-4:00pm – Tickets £10 [1 adult + 2 children] Extra adult £5
2 August – In the artist’s library: Explore artists’ books – BOOK AT THIS LINK
9 August – Through the artist’s telescope: Exploring views – BOOK AT THIS LINK
As a student at the Royal Academy, Turner took life drawing classes, learning to capture the human form through the study of live models. Drawing from life was a central element in the training of all artists in the 18th Century as it allowed students to observe the human form and Turner continued to draw figures and nudes in his sketchbooks throughout his life.
Whether you are a beginner or wish to improve your skills, join us at Turner’s House for life drawing classes with a live model. In these sessions, experienced artist and teacher, Allan Chin, will take your through the use of charcoal and pencil, how to present the human form on paper and exploring basic anatomy, the body’s overall silhouette and proportions. Hosted within Turner’s country retreat, perhaps some of his genius will rub off on you?
All materials will be provided. Spaces are limited – £50 per session, including entry to the exhibition. BOOK AT THIS LINK.
Allan Chin studied graphic design and painting for five years, before completing his MA in art history at the Courtauld Institute. He has worked with the historic collections of prints and drawings at the British Museum, and at the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. During his 12 years there, he organised and taught life drawing classes for staff both at Windsor and at Buckingham Palace.
The burning of Turner’s ‘unsuitable’ drawings by the art critic and artist John Ruskin, has become a widely accepted tale, not least because Ruskin himself perpetuated it. To modern art lovers it appears to have been an act of prudish vandalism or misplaced hero worship. Museum Director, Matthew Morgan, examines the evidence, and places the destruction of Turner’s erotic works, whether real or imagined, in the context of the destruction of many collections of letters and archives in the Victorian period.
The Zoom link will be shared with ticket holders on the same date of the talk around 4pm. Please check your junk/spam mailbox.
Patrons 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.
To enjoy these events and support the Trust’s work, join one of our Membership Circles. For more information about events and other Membership benefits click HERE.
Wednesday 22 June – Zoom – 6.00pm – A New Force Field of Beginnings: The Influence of Turner’s techniques. Acclaimed artist, Barry Martin, examines Turner’s achievements in freeing up the canvas surface and enhancing the intrinsic power of colour, mark and surface and how these have influenced artists in the 19th Century and up to the present day.
Tuesdays 12 July and 19 July 5.30pm- 8.00pm: Circles members Private View at Sandycombe Lodge of our latest exhibition “Between the Sheets: Turner’s Nudes” .
Watch this space for autumn events and hold the date for Circles members Christmas drinks on Friday 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm hosted by one of our trustees.
Earlier this year:
In February 2022, Turner’ House Circles Conversation with Matthew Morgan focused on four of Turner’s greatest works and in April Hon Patron and former Chair of Turner’s House Trust Catherine Parry-Wingfield shared Portraits of J.M.W. Turner: boy, man and ‘afterlife’.
In February 2021, Circles members joined Tate Curator Amy Concannon in an exclusive conversation on the Tate Britain exhibition ‘Turner and the Modern World’. In March local historian Jonathan Crofts shared the story Cambridge Park Revealed an area in East Twickenham that Turner would have known. May was a busy month when Circles members had private views for the new Turner’s English Coasts exhibition as well as a fascinating Zoom conversation on Turner’s Liber Studiorum and the vogue for aquatint with Rosie Razzall, Curator of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust. August saw the unveiling of work by our Artist in Residence Anna Paterson. In October Sandycombe and Patron’s Circle members had a guided private tour of the North Wing of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. And finally, in early December we had Christmas drinks together.