Turner’s House Trust has appointed three new Trustees to its Board.
The appointments strengthen The Trust’s governance as it moves towards the final months of restoration of Sandycombe Lodge, the Twickenham villa designed and built by JMW Turner as a peaceful rural retreat from the London art world and, shortly, its relaunch as an outstanding addition to the rich building heritage in Richmond and Twickenham.
The new Trustees are:
Dr Jacqueline Riding
A specialist in 18th and early 19th century British history and art with over 25 years’ experience as a curator and consultant within a broad range of museums, galleries and historic buildings. They include Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Wilton’s Music Hall and Historic Royal Palaces. She was assistant curator of the Palace of Westminster and founding director of the Handel House Museum. Dr Riding was consultant historian and art historian on Mike Leigh’s award-winning Mr Turner and is the consultant historian on his next film Peterloo. Author of several books, she also holds several academic Fellowships.
Dr David Souden
Currently interim Head of Exhibitions at the British Museum. Dr Souden is a consultant in heritage and museum learning and practice at Past Present, he was previously Head of Access and Learning at Historic Royal Palaces where he was a key member of re-presentation and learning initiatives, including Kew Palace. Originally an academic historian, he has been a writer and independent television producer with a range of books and programmes specialising in history, heritage, news and current affairs.
Romy brings extensive business experience spanning 30 years in Shell and Standard Chartered Bank in UK and Hong Kong covering sales, risk management, governance and communications. She is a non-executive director on several boards and practises as an executive coach. Based locally, Romy has supported the restoration of Sandycombe Lodge for a number of years.
“2017 sees the culmination of our exciting restoration project ‘Returning Turner to Twickenham’,” said Catherine Parry-Wingfield, Chairman, Turner’s House Trust.
“I have no doubt that the talents and experience of our new Trustees will be a considerable asset, broadening the range of board-level skills in this final phase of our project, and looking ahead to a bright future where many generations of visitors and students will be able to enjoy this wonderful building and learn about this little-known aspect of the life and work of JMW Turner, one of the greatest landscape painters in the history of art.”
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The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation is supporting the restoration of Sandycombe Lodge, JMW Turner’s country villa in Twickenham.
The award, from the Foundation’s Small Grants Programme, is a contribution towards the cost of the garden landscaping and planting, as part of Turner’s House Trust’s ‘Returning Turner to Twickenham’ project.
The garden is key to the setting and character of Sandycombe Lodge. Planning its future appearance is an important part of the development of the total restoration project. Clearly there is no realistic possibility of restoring the rural surroundings, or the impression Turner’s once-large grounds would have created in the early 19th century. The aim is to portray a ‘flavour’ of the garden that Turner and his father might have enjoyed.”
“The garden project is being led by a team experienced in historic garden restoration and includes reinstatement of some of the features clearly seen in William Havell’s coloured drawing circa 1814,” said Catherine Parry-Wingfield, Chairman, Turner’s House Trust.
“The funding support of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation is helping us to create a garden that reflects Turner’s enjoyment of this peaceful rural retreat from the London art world, and which creates a space that visitors can enjoy.”
Turner’s House Trust seeks further support towards the final planting phase of the garden. Donations can be made online.
Turner’s House Trust has appointed Lucy Thompson to the new post of House Director of Sandycombe Lodge, the Twickenham villa that JMW Turner designed as a retreat from the pressures of the London art world and hurly-burly of domestic life in his Marylebone house.
Restoration of the building that began in April 2016 is scheduled to be complete this summer, when the building will reopen to welcome the public to a programme of activities, learning opportunities and regular guided tours.
With a Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Lucy is passionate about their changing role in today’s society. She has previously held roles in charities and the University of Manchester and most recently at the Manchester Jewish Museum, where she was involved in its restoration and expansion.
Continuing the work of Turner’s House Trust she will continue to advocate the huge potential of Turner’s House as a tool for learning, engaging and inspiring conversations. “We shall be positioning Sandycombe Lodge amongst its heritage peers in the surrounding areas, as well as encouraging visitors from across the UK and indeed the world,” said Lucy.
“Sandycombe Lodge is a hugely significant building architecturally and historically, rich in purpose and beauty. I am incredibly honoured to be part of sharing its story with the public.”
Catherine Parry-Wingfield, Chair of Turner’s House Trust, said “The appointment of House Director is vital to achieving our goal of returning Sandycombe Lodge to its proper place as a unique work by Turner and sustaining its future as part of our nation’s heritage. We are delighted that Lucy will be taking this forward.”
The £2.4m restoration of Turner’s House has been achieved by Turner’s House Trustees, thanks to substantial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, many other funding organisations and generous public donations.
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On Friday 10 February an exciting stage was reached in the restoration of Sandycombe Lodge, JMW Turner’s Twickenham country villa.
At a topping out ceremony to celebrate a crucial stage in restoration, conservation architect Gary Butler of Butler Hegarty Architects, thanked William Fullers Contractors and the on-site team of builders and specialist skilled craftspeople for their contribution and commitment.
Guests included Dr Tania Mathias, MP for Twickenham; Councillor David Linette, Mayor of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Professor Ken Howard OBE RA.
Scaling the scaffolding Gary Butler placed a traditional evergreen garland at a high point to celebrate this topping out ‘with a difference’. Topping out traditionally marks the placing of the chimney pots on a new building. However, restoration of Turner’s House began at the top, working towards ground level, reversing the usual build sequence as extensions added later to the building were removed to reveal Turner’s original design for Sandycombe Lodge.
On behalf of Turner’s House Trustees, Chair Catherine Parry-Wingfield welcomed guests and praised everyone involved in the project. “This is an exciting milestone in our restoration project. The dedication of our on-site team has brought us considerably closer to the day when we reopen the doors of Turner’s House for all to enjoy.”
The project remains on schedule to officially re-open during this summer.
The total cost of restoration and for realising Turner’s House Trust plans for Sandycombe Lodge’s future activities is £2.4 million. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund and many other generous funders and private supporters, this ambitious project is now entering its final restoration phase.
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Turner’s House Trust has announced artist Professor Ken Howard OBE RA as a new patron of the Trust.
“Ken Howard has been a generous supporter of the Trust’s project to restore Sandycombe Lodge for a number of years and it is with great pleasure that we announce his acceptance of our invitation to become a patron,” said Catherine Parry-Wingfield, Turner’s House Trust chairman.
“Ken is one of the best-known contemporary British artists, and his long admiration for JMW Turner led him to follow Turner’s journeys through Switzerland, resulting in over 100 oil paintings and a magnificent record in his book Ken Howard in Switzerland: in Turner’s Footsteps.”
“Ken said with characteristic modesty that he was ‘honoured’ to be asked. We are greatly honoured that he has accepted,” Catherine added.
We are delighted to help spread news of the major re-hang of Turner paintings in the Clore Gallery at Tate Britain.
Many iconic paintings by JMW Turner have returned home to Tate Britain following a major international tour. Having been seen by over three-quarters of a million people in the UK, USA and Canada as part of The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free, these masterpieces are now back on show in a new free display.
Returning works include much-loved oil paintings like Norham Castle – Sunrise c.1845, Peace – Burial at Sea exhibited 1842, and The Dogano, San Giorgio exhibited 1842. The new display features over 100 works across eight rooms of the Clore Gallery at Tate Britain, the home of the Turner Bequest, against new background colours, including the stunning deep red thought to have been used by Turner for his own gallery in Queen Ann Street.
One of Britain’s most renowned artists, Turner is a key figure in the history of painting and an inspiration to many generations of artists. The three central spaces of the Clore Gallery present an overview of the major paintings he exhibited during his lifetime. They include spectacular images such as Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps 1812 and Peace – Burial at Sea exhib.1842. Turner’s Self-Portrait c.1799, which will feature on the Bank of England’s new £20 banknote, is also be a highlight of these galleries. The painting depicts the artist as a young man and is believed to mark his election as an Associate of the Royal Academy at the age of 24. Turner was selected for the new banknote design in April this year after a public nomination period and deliberation by the Banknote Character Advisory Committee.
Located on either side of this central display, four smaller galleries present themed groups of work. One room brings together scenes from Turner’s travels around Britain – from the Lake District in Cumbria to the Tamar Valley in Devon, to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh – while another room explores his European tours to France, Germany and Italy, showcasing luminous visions of Venice including The Sun of Venice Going to Sea 1843.
A group of the radical late works found in the artist’s studio after his death are shown together, including loosely painted landscapes and atmospheric images of light and shade such as Norham Castle – Sunrise c.1845, as will some of his most celebrated depictions of stormy seas and breaking waves.
There is also a new display of the artist’s works on paper, chosen from the thousands of sketches and watercolours held in Tate Britain’s Prints and Drawings Room. This selection focuses on Turner’s treatment of urban scenes from cities such as London, Paris, Naples, Rome and Venice.
We would like to thank the following donors, and those who wish to remain anonymous, for their generous contribution towards Turner’s House Trust’s Crowdfunding Campaign in 2016.
David and Angela Heather
Emma Louise White
Stephen and Jane Gow
Therese and Clive Tillin
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Keith & Irene Pratt
Mrs Jean Rice
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Lucy and Tim Blythe
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Dr Margaret Lindsay Faull OBE
Dr Joyce Townsend
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Mark Skarratts & Claire Sutherland
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Dean and Sarah Gilmore
Patrick and Angela Kidner
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Carol and David Lang
Richard and Jenny Lebus
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Hugh and Carol Goodman
The restoration project at Sandycombe Lodge has now reached an exciting phase, with the building fully scaffolded and wrapped against noise and dirt, and a team of specialist contractors very hard at work.
The lovely rooflight on the stairwell has been taken away and will be carefully cleaned and conserved. This photograph shows conservation architect Gary Butler and site manager Dave White taking a very close look!
As well as much work on the fabric of the building, some fascinating discoveries have been made. A number of items from a later occupation than Turner’s were found in a wall space – including a boot, some toys, an 1851 garden plant list, and a tiny glove. The most exciting part of this find was a fragment of wallpaper from Turner’s time, which can be meticulously re-created and further information about paint finishes is also emerging though paint analysis. We will continue to post updates during the year of works at Sandycombe Lodge, so keep following us during that time.
The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames has bestowed a Civic Pride Award of £5,000 to enable Turner’s House Trust to have its collection of prints, drawings, watercolours and oils professionally catalogued.
This large and fascinating collection, much of which relates to JMW Turner’s own work and to that of his contemporaries, was left to the Trust by Professor Harold Livermore, the last owner of Sandycombe Lodge. Professor Livermore’s bequest of the house has made all the Trust’s projects possible, preserving it for the nation and future generations.
Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and the Voluntary Sector, Cllr Susan Chappell, said: “The Civic Pride Fund offers grants to various deserving local organisations including those maintaining and protecting the Arts. We are delighted to fund Turner’s House Trust’s cataloguing project. We are aware that there are a number of Turner enthusiasts in the community and are very pleased to be able support this magnificent organisation.”
“Thanks to Civic Pride, when Turner’s House conservation is complete and reopened to the public, a full professional catalogue will be a valuable resource for teachers and students and will allow interested members of the public to explore the wealth of information, which these works hold,” said Catherine Parry-Wingfield, chairman, Turner’s House Trust.
Our four week-long crowdfunding campaign closed at midnight on Sunday 6 March, raising a magnificent £23, 335 from online backers. As we also received over £3,500 in cheques from ‘offline’ backers in this period, we surpassed our £25,000 target.
We send our warmest thanks to all who supported us so generously during this campaign, which gives us such encouragement in this vital last stage of fundraising.