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

Sunset on the River 1805 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 target=”_blank” http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N02311

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 March 29th 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 Christmas presents for friends and family. If you are interested in booking on of these tours please contact Ricky Pound at housedirector@turnershouse.org

J.M.W. Turner Lecture Day

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:

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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.


Christmas Cards Printmaking

7th December 2019 – 10am-12pm

drop in – included in general admission

Who will you send your Christmas card this year? Join us and get inspired by the house the painter J.M.W. Turner lived in, and experiment with different printmaking techniques to make your own cards to send to the people you love!

For more info email: learning@turnershouse.org


Wreathmaking and Christmas decorations inspired by nature

3rd December 2019 – 10am-4pm

booking required – £50 lunch included



Come and get inspired by nature to make your personalized wreath and Christmas decorations. Join us and enjoy a day of learning, making and chatting, where you can meet new people, get inspired by Turner’s House’s garden and learn more about Christmas in the Georgian era.

WreathMaking Workshop Programme

All material and lunch are provided. For more info learning@turnershouse.org

10 Minute Talks at Turner’s House

Porcelain and Willow Pattern

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.

Turner’s Women – 5th December

Turner and the Thames – 6th February

Walking with J.M.W. Turner and Sir Richard Long – 5th March

The Navy in the Age of Sail – Date TBC

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!