Sandycombe Lodge

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  • Opening in late 2017

A purpose-built home designed as a quiet retreat by England's great landscape painter, J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851).

Turner purchased the two-acre plot of land around what is now Sandycombe Lodge in 1807, and the house was built, to his own designs, by 1813. Elements of the building, including the rounded wings and the laylight above the stairs, hint at the influence of Turner's great friend, Sir John Soane (1753-1837), whose Lincoln's Inn Fields home - now the Sir John Soane Museum - was being constructed at around the same time. The new house served as a retreat for Turner from the busy art world of London, and provided a home for his retired father, 'Old William'. However, Turner also frequently entertained here, and the surrounding landscape featured in many of his paintings of this period, most famously England: Richmond Hill on the Prince Regent's Birthday of 1819 (Tate).

After Turner sold Sandycombe in 1826, the house passed through various hands until, in 1947, it was bought by Professor Harold and Mrs Ann Livermore. In 2005, the Livermores established the Sandycombe Lodge Trust (now Turner's House Trust), to whom ownership of Sandycombe passed in 2010, on Professor Livermore's death. Restoration work began on the house in 2016, following a major fundraising campaign, and the house is now planned to open in late 2017.

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40 Sandycoombe Road
United Kingdom



Opening times:

Not yet open to the public - opening in late 2017.

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