What’s on at Sandycombe Lodge

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Events at Turner’s House

Miniature Lands of Myth & Memory, Special Curator’s talk.

6th April, 11.30am, £8

Join historian and curator Dr Jacqueline Riding (author of Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (2016) and Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre (2018)), as she discusses J.M.W. Turner’s fascinating book illustrations for Sir Walter Scott’s epic Poetical Works and The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte .

Paid admission to the talk also includes a self-guided visit to the house between 12 and 1 pm. Booking essential- please book on the Dr Jacqueline Riding Exhibition Talk 11.30 slot on our booking page.


Turner & the Thames Interactive Storytelling

18th April, 10.30am and 11.30am, Children FREE, adults £7 (general admission)

recommended for ages 1-8yrs

Mr Turner loved to live close to the river which inspired him. He would sit on the riverbank and watch the colours change and the boats bob by but soon he wanted to go to sea himself. Discover the watery adventure of Mr Turner and listen to tales of the magical River Thames in this interactive storytelling session with storyteller Olivia Armstrong.


Walking in Turner’s Footsteps

Saturday 27th April and Thursday 27th June, 11.00am

Join art historian Catherine Parry-Wingfield on a walk from Turner’s House, across parkland along the Thames towpath to the top of Richmond Hill. This is a gentle walk of just over 2 miles, beginning with a brief tour of Turner’s House and ending with a short uphill incline.

£15.00- booking advised, limited spaces.



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

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.

Turner’s Sketchbook– 4th April

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