What’s on at Sandycombe Lodge

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Events at Turner’s House

Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings exhibition

 The first exhibition of original Turners at his house in Twickenham

We regret that the last day of the exhibition will be 21st March 2020 as we are following guidelines from the Government regarding the Coronavirus and the house will close. If you have booked a ticket we will contact you soon regarding rearranging alternative dates.   

Turner’s House Trust are thrilled to announce their first exhibition of J.M.W. Turner’s original oil paintings in the house he designed for himself. The exhibition will open on January 10th, 2020, thanks to a generous loan from Tate.

Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings, will feature rare oil sketches, seldom seen by the public, and run until Friday 21st March at Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 2LR.

The works have been chosen for their depictions of scenes close to his house near the river, and feature riparian landscapes from Isleworth to Windsor. The Thames enticed Turner to buy a plot of land in Twickenham on which to build a retreat for him and his father in the 1800s and he designed the villa so that he could glimpse the river from his bedroom window. Turner spent a lot of time on the Thames both working and fishing, keeping his catch in two ponds in what was then a large, country garden.

The exhibition is included in the price of general admission to the house.

Special tours may also be purchased for up to ten people for £120 and the group will have the house to themselves. These tours would make excellent presents for special occasions for friends and family. If you are interested in booking on of these tours please contact Ricky Pound at housedirector@turnershouse.org

Exhibition supported by Gentle Mathias Solicitors and Cantell&Co

J.M.W. Turner Lecture Day

Due to the Coronavirus this lecture day will be rescheduled to a later date in the year. Please watch this space for further details.

Turner’s House Trust are delighted to announce that they will be organising a Turner Lecture Day in Twickenham on 11th June 2020. Themes are likely to include Turner at Sandycombe Lodge; Turner and the Arcadian Thames; Turner and Louis-Philippe, Duc de’Orleans; Turner at Petworth House; Turner and Constable and Turner and The Fighting Temeraire. 

Details for yet to be confirmed but if you would like to express an interest in attending  the day please email the House Director at housedirector@turnershouse.org

A little more information is here:

Hold the date letter copy

Turner inspired Sculpture


Two new sculptures by Turner’s House artist in residence Nicky Carvell are now in place in the garden at Turner’s House and in the house. both works are a result of a six-month residency, culminating in a contemporary response to Turner’s work in modern materials and continues the house’s artistic heritage.

Those that look closely will see several recognisable elements from the house and garden including the neo-classical carpet, the laylight and marble chimneypieces. The curves of the sculpture represent the curves of the house, whilst the plinth bases symbolise the eye.

Making Money – Family Activity


Come and join us for a day of printmaking!!

Learn about the new £20 note and Turner’s self-portrait. Make your own self-portrait and create a brand new banknote inspired by what you like most!

Recommend age 5-11 years old.



Adult workshop – Exploring Printmaking


Join our Learning Officer, Rita Piglionica, exploring printmaking and learn about screen-printing and other creative printmaking techniques while meeting new people. Explore and get inspired by Turner’s House and its features, or bring your sketches along. Discover various uses for each technique and learn how to develop a project.

Detailed programme will be published in the following days.

All materials are included. Coffee/tea plus biscuits will be provided.

Book your place HERE.

A series of 30-minutes talks related to our current exhibition Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings

11:30am-12:00pm  Tickets £12 – Include admission to Turner’s House and exhibition

March 22nd – Turner’s Sketchbooks


Join our Learning Officer Rita Piglionica discussing regarding the sketchbooks that J.M.W. Turner realised in 1805 during his stay in Isleworth. Explore the artist’s sketching technique and discover Turner’s view of the Thames.

March 29th – Local Scenes by J.M.W. Turner at Sandycombe Lodge


Join House Director Ricky Pound as he explores local scenes from Turner’s Liber Studiorum, together with Alexander Pope’s villa and scenes from Richmond Hill. He will then examine the five oil sketches in the new exhibition, picturesque river scenes painted by Turner on recycled mahogany when he was living at nearby Isleworth.

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.

The Navy in the Age of Sail – CANCELLED

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

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

We will be running Turner and £20 note related events which will be listed here in due course – stay tuned!