Last night I went to the monthly meeting of my local history society, The Brentford and Chiswick. We were given a talk by art historian Catherine Parry-Wingfield who is deeply involved in the restoration and eventual opening of Turner’s Twickenham House: Sandycombe Lodge. This is a very exciting development for all who are remotely interested in our country’s greatest painter, who is, of course, a “Londoner of Note”.
Sandycombe Lodge (as it became known) was owned this past 60 years by Professor Harold Livermore, who on his death last February, bequeathed it to the Sandycombe Lodge Trust, the aim being to establish the house as a monument to Turner’s life in Twickenham.
Turner completed the building in 1812 and lived there with his father William until 1826. The influence of his close friend Sir John Soane was strong. Turner used his country villa as a base to go on sketching trips locally as his many Thames riverside works testify.
In support of Professor Livermore’s plan for the building, The Friends of Turner’s House was founded in 2004.