As part of his bequest to Turner’s House Trust (then the Sandycombe Lodge Trust) on his death in 2010, Professor Harold Livermore left a large collection of works on paper – watercolours, drawings – and a small number of oil paintings, which he and his wife carefully collected as objects which have particular relevance to J.M.W. Turner and his time. Turner’s last house in Chelsea was decorated with a large display of prints after his own work, and such a display at Sandycombe Lodge would therefore echo Turner’s own domestic choice. Professor and Mrs Livermore bought wisely, and the collection lends itself to the presentation of different themes, e.g. Turner’s ‘Book of Studies’ – Liber Studiorum – and his illustrations to Walter Scott’s poems and prose.
The Collection of prints will also give the opportunity to explore the range of printmaking techniques used by Turner and his contemporaries, and introduce the innovation, richness and delicacy of Turner’s work in this medium.
The Collection will be fully catalogued and will provide a rich resource for education and enjoyment.
Some works have already been conserved, and the remainder of conservation work will be undertaken during the next year.
The bequest also included a number of books on Turner and his contemporaries, including three volumes of Turner’s Annual Tours, which are of great interest, with engraved illustrations after his watercolours.