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. He would build his little villa, to his own designs, on the larger plot, overlooking a steeply sloping garden with a very large pond, and some evidence for the way it was laid out can be found in his sketchbooks. The house and once-large garden stood alone then, on the fringes of two grand estates, and provided a peaceful retreat from the busy hum of the London art world.

Catherine Parry-Wingfield is an art historian and her involvement with Sandycombe Lodge, J.M.W. Turner's house, in what is now St Margarets, goes back to a chance meeting with its last private owner, Professor Harold Livermore, in 2004. She was a trustee of Turner's House Trust from its inception in 2005, and chair from 2013 to 2019, during which time she was actively engaged as a member of the conservation project team, particularly with the presentation of the interior. 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'.

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  • Each 20-minute talk will be delivered using Zoom and will begin at 7 p.m. They will be chaired by Professor Judith Hawley of the Department of English 17th and 18th Century Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. Time will be allowed for questions and answers at the end. The events will end at or before 8 pm. Attendees will be sent a Zoom link by email about an hour before each talk begins.
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These events are supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.



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