Returning Turner – an update on the restoration of Sandycombe Lodge

Turner’s House Trust’s Project and Design Teams will report on the progress of the restoration at Sandycombe Lodge, and on plans for the presentation of the interior.

The ‘Dolls House Rooms’ will be on display and the team will discuss the various discoveries about the original appearance of the building, inside and out. Paint samples, a scrap of wallpaper, and the contribution of specialists are all part of the fascinating journey towards completion of the work, and the way Sandycombe will look when it opens to the public next summer.

This event will take place on Tuesday 25 October 2016 from 2.15 to 3.45pm at Clarendon Hall, York House. There is no need to book. We hope to see many of you there and look forward to sharing our plans with you.

Turner’s House Clearance

11am to 3pm Saturday 27 February
40 Sandycoombe Road

Turner’s House Trust has announced a clearance of the contents of Sandycombe Lodge, to take place on Saturday 27 February 2016 from 11am to 3pm.

Conservation work will soon begin on this lovely historic house, and we are getting rid of items to help funding – kitchen stuff, furniture, many bookcases – as well as offering some attractive items, such as Annie Simpson’s beautiful scarves and Joy Cuff’s painted tote bags.

Come and join us for some mulled wine, perhaps find something useful, and take a last look around this wonderful but dilapidated building, before building work begins.

Turner’s House charity auction boosts restoration fund

Thanks to the team at High Road Auctions, Twickenham who generously donated their time and talent to host yesterday’s auction, and those who donated collectables, Turner’s House Trust’s restoration appeal fund has benefited by over £3,000.

“We are hugely grateful to manager, David Holmes (and on this occasion auctioneer) and Sara Sturgess at High Road Auctions who spent many hours to ensure the success of our event and for their very warm welcome to all on the day,” said Catherine Parry-Wingfield, chair of Turner’s House Trust. “And to all our supporters who kindly donated items and those who joined us on the day, thank you so much for contributing to what became a fun, as well as very profitable event. We are also delighted that Shona and Bruce Lyons of Crusader Travel had the inspiration to suggest the auction as part of the Twickenham Festival celebrations.”

Donations that included paintings and prints, porcelain, glass, furniture, jewellery, general memorabilia and several generous offers, formed 50 interesting lots, many of which gained considerable interest and competitive bidding.

“We still need nearly £240,000 to reach our total project cost of £2.4 million, required by the end of this year before we can begin restoring Turner’s House in Sandycoombe Road for the nation. We hope to reach our final target, enabling works to begin early next year,” said Catherine.

Twickenham Festival Auction

This year, the Twickenham Festival Auction will be supporting the restoration of Turner’s House.  It will be held at 2.00 pm on Sunday 21st June, at High Road Auctions, 55 – 56 Heath Road, Twickenham, TW1 4AW.

There will be a wonderful assortment of objects and gifts to bid for. If you would like to donate an object (or even a service), you can drop items off at the Auction House. Smaller items can be left from 9th June, larger items (such as furniture) from 16th June; and all items must be deposited at the showroom by 6.00 pm on 17th June.

Twickenham Festival

Sandycombe Lodge will open for tours during Twickenham Festival on Saturday June 13th and Saturday June 20th, from 2.00  to 4.30 pm.  Entry is £4.00: you can pay on the door so there is no need to book.

Come and enjoy the opportunity to see JMW Turner’s little country retreat, in the last year before restoration begins.

Sandycombe Lodge
40 Sandycoombe Road
St Margaret’s,
TW1 2NQ.

A ‘must see’: Turner’s House artist in residence celebration exhibition

For the past year Sussex artist, Katie Sollohub, has been a guest in Turner’s House, as artist in residence supported by Arts Council England.

Now she is celebrating her many days working at Sandycombe Lodge and garden, with an exhibition of new drawings and paintings. With the title ‘A Guest in Turner’s House’ the exhibition runs from 26 March to 25 May at The Stables Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham TW1 3DJ. Entry is free.

Wrapped in the aura of England’s great landscape painter, Katie has been inspired by the very close ‘atmosphere of Turner’ as she worked in the house’s pre-restored state, focusing on the architectural character of Turner’s design. The exhibition includes a series of impressive, bold 9ft paintings among some 40 exhibits. She has used oil paint and charcoal, and has prepared some of her surfaces with soil from Turner’s garden, adding an authentic touch.

Katie’s work is bold and painterly, and large-scale charcoal drawings are an important part of her practice. An experienced tutor of all ages, she has exhibited widely across the South of England. Last year two of her drawings were shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize and this year one of her Sandycombe Lodge paintings has been shortlisted for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize.

“Turner would no doubt be delighted that his former home today inspires high-calibre artists such as Katie,” said Catherine Parry-Wingfield, chair of Turner’s House Trust.

Opening times for the Orleans House Gallery exhibition are from Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. For more information visit

Behind the scenes with Mike Leigh and Mr Turner

Joint fundraising event benefiting Transforming Orleans House and Turner’s House Trust

Timothy Spall as JMW Turner, depicting Turner painting in his studio

This is a unique opportunity to hear art historian Dr Jacqueline Riding on working with Director Mike Leigh and his actors, during the early stages and filming of the award-winning and intriguing – and sometimes puzzling – film, Mr Turner.

In her role as research consultant, Jacqueline visited Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham, with Mike Leigh, Timothy Spall and Paul Jesson as part of the research into the parts they played, though the film is set at a later time in Turner’s Life.

It takes place at Orleans House Gallery from 3 to 4.30 pm on Sunday 25th January 2015. Tickets are £15 including a glass of wine and can be booked at or by telephone 0208 831 6000. We expect tickets to be popular so do book early to avoid disappointment.

Christmas Fair – Sunday 23 November

Christmas Fair

Sunday 23 November, 11.00 am to  3.00 pm



Come and enjoy free entry to Turner’s House, join us for a drink and start your Christmas shopping.  We will have cards and prints by artists Beverley Waller and Katie Sollohub, who have both held wonderful exhibitions in Sandycombe Lodge this year, beautiful scarves by Annie Simpson (pictured above), Stella & Dot jewellery, calendars and other gifts, a cake stall and much more.  Karen Iredale’s art students’ work will be on display.

All profits will go towards Turner’s House Trust’s restoration project to secure an exciting and fitting future for the country villa of JMW Turner, England’s greatest landscape painter.