is not widely known that a house designed by the celebrated English
artist J.M.W. Turner RA, (1775-1851), for his own use, has survived
to the present day in Twickenham in south-west London.
late Professor Harold Livermore, with his wife Ann, rescued Turner’s
house from destitution in the years following the second World
War and lived there until his death in 2010. The house has a GLC
Blue Plaque by the front door to commemorate its historic link
to the famous painter.
Friends of Turner’s House was set up in 2004 to support
Professor Livermore in his aim to preserve the house for the nation.
The Friends, through their activities, promote knowledge of Turner,
his house and garden and his time in Twickenham. Professor Livermore
left his archive of Turner material to the Trust and the Friends
are supporting its conservation.
Friends receive a regular newsletter and arrange an annual programme
of visits, gatherings and talks. They have established links with
other arts bodies in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
where Turner’s house is located, and with national organisations
dedicated to the study, education and promotion of Turner’s
you would like to support our work, and participate in our activities,
please consider joining the Friends. You will find details on
this web site.
Lodge now owned by Trust
the beginning of December 2010 the Sandycombe Lodge Trust
received the keys to Sandycombe Lodge and are now the registered
owners. This marks the beginning of an interesting time
for the Trust and for the Friends, as the Trust begins the
process of applying for a grant for an Options Appraisal
Study. This study will be led by an appointed conservation
architect, and will look at ways in which conserving and
using the house “as a monument to Turner in Twickenham”
can be achieved.
are now at the beginning of a most exciting time. There
will be many ways in which the Friends can assist this project
and the role of the Friends of Turner’s House, will
grow enormously. When the architect for the proposal to
restore the house is chosen, which will be in the near future,
the Trustees will encourage the Friends to put forward their
ideas for the future use of Sandycombe Lodge.
current trustees are: Chairman: Jeff Harris; Vice-Chair:
Catherine Parry-Wingfield; Property: Stephen Enthoven; Finance:
Andrew Davis; Treasurer: Maurice Parry-Wingfield. Trustees:
Susan Youngs, Andrew Wilton, Derek Plummer, Nicholas Alfrey.