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Turner’s English Coasts

A new exhibition opening 22nd May 2021 at Turner’s House!

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 as well as 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.

Turner and Watercolour a Summer Painting Course with Tim Wright

Every Tuesday in August – 10am-1pm – Tickets £250 for all 5 lessons, BOOK HERE

Tim Wright on the set of 'Mr.Turner'.

Join us and learn JMW Turner’s watercolour technique with the very artist who taught Timothy Spall to paint like Turner for the movie Mr.Turner (2014), Tim Wright! We will look at Turner’s watercolour technique, his responses to landscape and also, more specifically, his Petworth House interiors.

The course is formed of 5 lessons, every Tuesday in August (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st), from 10am to 1pm. Tickets £250 – this include material, refreshments and access to the House and Turner’s English Coasts exhibition. BOOK HERE.

The course will cover the following elements:

– We will do a series of exercises to familiarise the student with materials and handling.
– Experiment with the effects of the medium, particularly how to express qualities of light and colour.
– Discover what brushes and grounds to use.
– Learn how to mix colour and tone and how to apply it with a brush or other tool.
– Setting out your palette: the colours you need.
– How to use paper and exploit its properties.
– Look at composition and how to structure a painting: how to edit, what to leave in, what to omit, what detail is essential and what isn’t.
– What tools and materials you should have in your studio.
– We will make short studies of the house, its interior and setting in the surrounding landscape. This will lead to some longer, more substantial, pieces.

By unpicking and analysing Turner’s method and exploring the nature of the medium, the student should acquire a stock of technique and the confidence to paint their own watercolours.

Special Talks

Special Zoom talk- Turner and Maritime Britain

Online Lecture with Curator Christine Riding

Thursday 19 August 7-8pm

Christine Riding, curator of Turner’s English Coasts, explores Turner’s life-long engagement with the sea in the context of Britain as a naval and maritime power, from national events to the rise of domestic tourism. Christine Riding curated the 2013 exhibition Turner and the Sea at the National Maritime Museum, and is Curator of British Paintings at the National Gallery. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

The talk will be chaired by Dr Amy Concannon, a trustee at Turner’s House and Curator of British Art 1790-1850 at Tate.

£7.50 (to be held on Zoom)

Wed 1st September – Turner’s English Coasts: the techniques behind the artworks, with Learning Officer, Rita Piglionica. Join our Learning Officer exploring the techniques that JMW Turner used for the artworks in the exhibition and how these reflected the artist’s practice of his most productive period. 12pm – Ticket £12 – Booking is essential – BOOK HERE

Special Late Openings

 22nd July and 26th August – 5, 6, 7, 8pm

Join us for a late visit to our Turner’s English Coasts exhibition. Enjoy a glass of fizz while discovering the great landscape painter’s country retreat and some of the his works on paper, made during the artist’s more productive period.

Places are limited – BOOK HERE 

Turner’s House Gin Tasting!

Turner‘s House Trust is delighted to announce its first ever gin tasting! The event will take place on Thursday 12th August between 6 and 8pm. The gin will be supplied by local business St Margarets Wines who have established an excellent reputation.  There will also be an added bonus of viewing the new exhibition of Turner water colours, Turner’s English Coasts.  To reserve your place book here:


Summer Break Family Workshops

Sketching in Nature

Tuesday 27th July, 2-4pm, tickets (1 adults + 2 children) £10 [extra adult £5], BOOK HERE

Join Learning Officer Rita Piglionica exploring the surroundings of Turner’s House and sketching in the landscape just as JMW Turner did! We will also learn more about the history of the local area and how Turner lived in the Twickenham.

Turner in Textiles: a different way to ‘paint’

Tuesday 10th August, 2-4pm, tickets (1 adults + 2 children) £10 [extra adult £5], BOOK HERE

JMW Turner is famous for his landscapes. He painted with oil, watercolour and made some prints too. However, did you know that we can paint with a lot of other materials? Come and join us ‘painting’ our landscapes using felt! We will look together at some of Turner’s landscape painting and trying to reproduce our own inspired by the River Thames landscape.

Storytelling and Art: Turner & the Sea

Tuesday 24th August, 2-4pm, tickets (1 adults + 2 children) £10 [extra adult £5], BOOK HERE

Why did JMW Turner loved the sea so much? Join Learning Officer Rita Piglionica and find it out together! We will hear stories about Turner and the sea while exploring his house in Twickenham and creating together an artbook about water.

Circles Members Special Events

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.


2021 programme

Watch this space for summer plans including, we hope, the opportunity for a Summer gathering face to face.

Sept 30th: Turner and the Masonic Enlightenment: Scott, Beckford, Ruskin and Soane. A zoom conversation with Ricky Pound, House Director



Past Events

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.

In March local historian Jonathan Crofts shared the story Cambridge Park Revealed’ an area in East Twickenham that Turner would have known.

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’ .

10 Minute Talks at Turner’s House

Porcelain and Willow Pattern

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  info@turnershouse.org 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