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
Wigs on the Green
Keith & Irene Pratt
Mrs Jean Rice
Ruth A. Ursell
Brian and Priscilla Sharp
Peter Oldfield Murray
Geoffrey & Margaret Batten
Johanna Kitson Cooke
Carl Cedric Parkin
Diana Viscountess Dunrossil
Anthony and Sarah Russell
Ian & Mary Lewty
Christopher J Squire
Hilary and Nick
Jimmy and Lorraine Hill
Mike & Clare Phelps
Sally Woodward Gentle
Helen and Gerald Baker
Helen R Auty
K Curtis Ward
Lucy and Tim Blythe
Paddy & Allie Fitzpatrick
Dr Margaret Lindsay Faull OBE
Dr Joyce Townsend
Walter W Holland
Fi and Tim Barrett
Hugh and Cornelia Morrison
Simon & Teresa Broch
Drs Hugh and Lois Pihlens
Ian and Jane Duncan
Malcolm & Josie Green
Mark Skarratts & Claire Sutherland
Paddy & Allie Fitzpatrick
Cheryll and Richard Resch
Dean and Sarah Gilmore
Patrick and Angela Kidner
Geoff & Fran Bayliss
Carol and David Lang
Richard and Jenny Lebus
Mark and Vanessa Bertram
W R Seary
Derek & Yeside Linney
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.
Turner’s House Trust has launched a four-week crowdfunding campaign to bridge the funding gap required to fully restore Sandycombe Lodge, the Twickenham villa designed and built by JMW Turner.
Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund and many other generous funders and private supporters, the Trust is now only £125,000 away from its fundraising target of £2.4 million.
A loan offer from the Architectural Heritage Fund has enabled the Trust to appoint contractors and urgent restoration works will begin in early April, with the house scheduled to reopen to the public in 2017.
“Until all the money is raised our work is not done,” said Catherine Parry-Wingfield, chairman, Turner’s House Trust. “We do not want to take up a loan we have no funds to repay. Meeting the funding gap is now urgent.”
“Sandycombe Lodge is a rare three-dimensional work of art by Turner, England’s internationally renowned landscape painter. We must save it for future generations.”
It is now 200 years since Turner built the house, listed Grade II*, which is still almost totally intact with some unsightly additions. Now it is threatened by damp and decay, is on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register and in need of urgent major conservation.
Crowdfunding rewards include private tours with personal guests and the opportunity to view the restoration ahead of public opening. To donate and for more details visit our crowdfunding page, follow @TurnersHouse on Twitter, or visit our Facebook page.
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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.
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.