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Seeing the Light

Turner’s discovery of Italy in 1819

July 8th – October 29th

Included in the house admission ticket


In the summer of 1819, the landscape artist J.M.W. Turner set off on a journey to Italy that would have a profound impact on his life and work. Visitors to Turner’s House this summer will be able to enjoy an exhibition of evocative watercolours capturing some of Turner’s first impressions of the place he was to later call the ‘land of all bliss’, and which provided inspiration for the rest of his career.

Seeing the Light represents an exciting  opportunity for the public to see some of Italy’s most well known and loved sites – Venice, Rome, Naples – through Turner’s eyes, in the unique setting of his then rural retreat in Twickenham.  Visitors to this tightly-focussed exhibition will also be able to appreciate Turner’s evolving use of colour and light before and after 1819,  thanks to  generous loans from Tate, the Guildhall Art Gallery and a private collection.


  • Lectures, evening events, and painting courses

In Turner’s Studio: Talk & Draw June 2023


Monday 19th June – England: Richmond Hill, on the Prince Regent’s Birthday – Pencil and charcoal
Tuesday 20th June – The Fighting Temeraire – Oil Pastels
Monday 26th June – Blue Rigi – Watercolour
Tuesday 27th June – Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth – Oil paint and pastels

10:00am-12:30pm – Tickets £15 per session, including all materials and light refreshments.



What can we learn from the works of JMW Turner and how can we use his experiences in our own art?

Join Turner’s House Museum Director, Matthew Morgan, and Learning and Volunteers Officer, Rita Piglionica, in the beautiful and inspiring setting of Turner’s House, to engage with works by Turner and discover how these can be a starting point to create new works that connect to contemporary themes and new creativity.
First, listen to a brief talk, then respond by making your own work and experimenting with different art materials in an artist-led creative session.
The course is not about ‘how to paint like Turner,’ but how Turner’s revolutionary vision and practice can give rise to new ideas and creativity.

Programme per each session
10am – Welcome and introductions
10:10am – Lecture
10:30am – Break
10:45am – Experimentation with art materials and artistic response to the lecture
12:30pm – Conclusion

All levels are welcome. Lecture, materials, and light refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Places are limited so booking is essential.


Wine Tasting in the garden at Turner’s House

Thur 29 June 6.30-8.30pm

Tickets £40 – Include four wines to taste plus food and entry to the house 



Turner’s House is delighted to host our June wine tasting with local independent wine and artisan spirits specialists St Margaret’s Wines.

Ahead of our exciting new exhibition about Turner’s first journey in Italy, join us in the garden of Turner’s House for a journey around vibrant and characterful Italian wines.

The evening will be led by a sommelier from St Margaret’s Wines with the opportunity to learn and ask questions and will include an introductory talk by our Museum Director.

Summer Watercolour Painting Course with Tim Wright 2023


10, 11, 17, 18, and 24 July 2023


Ticket £260, including all 5 lessons, materials (paper pad and brushes to be kept after the course), light refreshments, and access to the current exhibition of Turner’s original watercolours.



In the beautiful setting of JMW Turner country retreat in Twickenham, join award-winning artist Tim Wright in a 5-session summer watercolour painting course. Learn from the artist who taught Timothy Spall to paint like the great British landscape painter, for his main role in the critically acclaimed film Mr. Turner.

During the course, you will learn about Turner’s watercolour technique, his responses to landscape and also, more specifically, his Petworth House interiors.

All levels are welcome. No previous experience required.


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 which 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.
  • Which 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, you will acquire a stock of techniques and the confidence to paint your own watercolours.

All the materials are included (paper pad and brushes to be kept after the course). You will also have the chance to visit this year’s exhibition of JMW Turner’s original watercolours and discuss them with Tim Wright and our Learning Officer.


What previous participants have enjoyed about the course:

‘The course was well structured and there was a good balance between the instructions and the free application. The tutor was very knowledgeable and able to impart his knowledge.’

‘Gaining knowledge from Tim’s expertise and the opportunity to have a go, with his oversight.’

‘Experimenting with a new approach to watercolour and trying out new techniques of brushwork.’

‘I enjoyed the mix of theory, practical sessions and general discussion.’

‘Painting in the garden at Turner’s House was wonderful.’

From Tim Wright’s website – https://www.timwrightartist.com/about.html

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.

2022 Programme

Tuesday 6 September 5.30pm- 7.30pm:  Circles members Private View at Sandycombe Lodge of our latest exhibition “Between the Sheets: Turner’s Nudes”.

Watch this space for autumn events and hold the date for Circles members Christmas drinks on Friday 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm hosted by one of our trustees.

Past Events:  

Earlier this year:   

In February 2022, Turner’ House Circles Conversation with Matthew Morgan focused on four of Turner’s greatest works and in April Hon Patron and former Chair of Turner’s House Trust Catherine Parry-Wingfield shared Portraits of J.M.W. Turner: boy, man and ‘afterlife’.

In June 2022 Circles members has a fascinating talk on A New Force Field of Beginnings: The Influence of Turner’s techniques by acclaimed artist, Barry Martin and in July many the Private View of the new exhibition.

2021 Programme

In February 2021, Circles members joined Tate Curator Amy Concannon in an exclusive conversation on the Tate Britain exhibition ‘Turner and the Modern World’.  In March local historian Jonathan Crofts shared the story Cambridge Park Revealed an area in East Twickenham that Turner would have known. 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. August saw the unveiling of work by our Artist in Residence Anna Paterson. In October Sandycombe and Patron’s Circle members had a guided private tour of the North Wing of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. And finally, in early December we had Christmas drinks together.