Janet Cameron

Sandycombe Lodge – J.M.W. Turner’s Thames House Re-Opens

Sandycombe Lodge, the Thames-side villa designed by J. M. W. Turner, has now been re-opened to the
public, following a £2.4 million conservation programme. Built in Twickenham in 1813, it was a peaceful retreat for him and he lived there with his father until 1826. Using Turner’s sketches, a William Havell drawing of 1814, architectural evidence and paint analysis, the Turner’s House Trust has returned the house to its original form and decoration as closely as possible.

Sandycombe Lodge: Turner's House post-conservation front view. Photo Credit: Anne Purkiss ©Turner’s House Trust Collection. Sandycombe Lodge: Turner’s House post-conservation front view. Photo Credit: Anne Purkiss ©Turner’s House Trust Collection.

A brick exterior has been reinstated, which may come as a surprise to those familiar with the house’s previous white render; the discovery of the original flank walls of the main block, hidden for almost 200 years, came as a surprise to Butler Hegarty Architects too! Several Turner prints have now been hung in the house, some of which were owned by the last owner, Professor Harold Livermore, who gifted the house to the nation when he died in 2010. Landscaping and planting is underway in the garden and is expected to be completed in September.

Sandycombe Lodge: Turner's House sitting room. Photo Credit: Anne Purkiss ©Turner’s House Trust Collection. Sandycombe Lodge: Turner’s House sitting room. Photo Credit: Anne Purkiss ©Turner’s House Trust Collection.

Sandycombe Lodge is located at 40 Sandycoombe Road, Twickenham, TW1 2LR.   The opening times for
Sandycombe Lodge is Wednesday to Sunday: 10 – 1 pm for self-guided visits and 1 – 4 pm for guided tours (45 mins).  Turner’s house is also open on Tuesdays for school and educational activities.

Sandycombe Lodge: Turner's House staircase with carpet. Photo Credit: Anne Purkiss ©Turner’s House Trust Collection. Sandycombe Lodge: Turner’s House staircase with carpet. Photo Credit: Anne Purkiss ©Turner’s House Trust Collection.

Sandycombe Lodge: Watercolour of Turner's House by William Havell c. 1814. Photo Credit: ©Turner’s House Trust Collection. Sandycombe Lodge: Watercolour of Turner’s House by William Havell c. 1814. Photo Credit: ©Turner’s House Trust Collection.

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