SANDYCOMBE-ROAD-FACADE-JULY-2017-1024x831 Image: Butler Hegarty Architects/Turner's House Trust.

Sandycombe Lodge, in Twickenham, was designed as a country home for Turner and his father in 1813. You can imagine how the setting of the beautiful home, in once rural Twickenham would have been an ideal spot for Turner to have captured the landscape, which overlooked the Thames.

In 1826, Turner sold Sandycombe Lodg. Over 100 years later, in 1947 it was purchased Professor Harold Livermore, who set up a trust in 2005 to secure the property. Livermore left the property to the Turner House Trust in his will when he passed away in 2010.

In 2013, the residence was listed on the Historic England's Register of Building at Risk. In 2015 a restoration project was announced with the Heritage Lottery Fund providing £1.4 million for the repairs.

35985742385_7282f0f955_k-680x1024 Image: Anne Purkiss/Turner’s House Trust.

Art Historian and chair of The Turner House Trust, Catherine Parry-Wingfield started a campaign to raise £2.4 million in funds for the project. The house has been re-designed, staying true to Turner's original decor, by Robert Weston. With the work of paint historian Helen Hughes some of the rooms have been restored to their original colours.

An inventory taken after Turner's passing in 1851 was consulted to furnish the home. Prints by Turner from the Livermore collection will be exhibited in Sandycombe.

Sandycombe Lodge is open from Wednesday-Sunday. See here for more information.

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