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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




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 Saturday 31st October 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.


Exhibition supported by Gentle Mathias Solicitors and Cantell&Co


Circles Members Special Events



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 special events where they can explore behind-the-scenes insights, enjoy private views and experts’ talks on many aspects of J.M.W. Turner’s life and work and his country retreat in Twickenham.

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.


Coming up

On Thursday 17th September at 6pm, Circle members are invited to join Turner’s House Trustee 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 will share her insights and experience and answer Circle members’ questions.  The talk will be by Zoom.   We will provide details of where you can watch the film ahead of the conversation.

On Thursday 22nd October from 6pm, Circle members are invited to join a conversation on The Story behind the Turner Contemporary. As this Margate marvel closes in the Autumn for a major extension project, hear from the people behind the cultural renaissance sparked by the opening in 2011 of the Turner Contemporary. The talk will be by Zoom.


Exciting plans for November and December are coming soon…


Including for Patrons Circle only 

The Trustees’ Invitation Christmas Drinks Party hosted at a private residence. November/ December 2020 – date to be confirmed.


2021 plans

Turner Originals – Exhibition Private Views – January 2021 – date to be confirmed.


Twickenham Luminaries: a virtual lecture series


View of th window in the small Parlour


We are delighted to announce that Marble Hill House, Strawberry Hill House, Turner’s House, Orleans House Gallery and Pope’s Grotto have collaborated to deliver five exciting online evening talks from Monday 14 September.


The talks will be as follows:

  • Monday 14th September: Nellie Ionides and Orleans House – Minna Andersen
  • Tuesday 15th September: Henrietta Howard and Marble Hill House – Dr Megan Leyland
  • Wednesday 16th September: Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill – Michael Snodin
  • Thursday 17th September: Pope and His Villa – Professor Judith Hawley
  • Friday 18th September: Sir John Soane and Turner’s House – Ricky Craig Pound


You can book your places at TicketSource. Tickets are free but you will be presented with an option to purchase a ticket for £5, the proceeds of which will be treated as a donation and will be used to support the five participating organisations.

More info can be found here –  https://popesgrotto.org.uk/lectures/


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

All families activities have been put on hold until further notice.



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