Thames Luminaries: A painter’s garden: J.M.W. Turner and the grounds of Sandycombe Lodge

28 Jan 2021 - 12 Feb 2021
7:00 pm

The Thames brought commerce and wealth to South West London, attracting royalty, aristocrats, artists, writers and wealthy property owners. The legacy of these luminaries is an area exceptionally rich in heritage buildings, gardens and landscapes. Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust and English Heritage’s Marble Hill have organised a series of nine free virtual talks over three weeks beginning on Wednesday 27th January.  Experts will explore, explain and offer insight about a luminary and their landscape, property and land.

In 1807 J.M.W. Turner acquired two plots of land in Sand Pit Close on the Twickenham side of the Thames, a short walk from Richmond Bridge where he built his little villa to his own designs. The house and large garden, with a large pond, stood alone on the fringes of two grand estates, and provided a peaceful retreat from the busy hum of the London art world..

The talk will be given by Catherine Parry-Wingfield who is an art historian. She was a trustee of Turner’s House Trust from its inception in 2005, and chair from 2013 to 2019. She has produced two booklets, J.M.W. Turner, R.A. – the artist and his house at Twickenham and J.M.W. Turner and the ‘Matchless Vale of Thames’.

Admission to this talk is free but but we encourage you to make a £5 donation for each talk, if you are able, which will be divided equally between the nine participating organisations. More about the talk and the speaker can be found here and you can book your place at TicketSource.

The talk will start at 7 pm and last for approximately 20 minutes with time being allowed for questions and answers at the end. The event will end at or before 8 pm. It will be delivered using Zoom so you will need a computer or tablet with the Zoom program/app on it. You will be sent a link by email shortly before the lecture begins and you should follow this link at the appropriate time to join the audience. If you haven't used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the appropriate software as soon as you try to join. 

This event is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

(Sandycombe Lodge by W. Havell, c. 1814 pencil and brown wash)

Presented by Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust