Saving Sandycombe: JMW Turner's Twickenham Retreat

by Turner's House Trust in London

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On 7th March 2016 we successfully raised £23,335 with 290 supporters in 28 days

Help save the Twickenham villa designed and built by JMW Turner. 95% of funds already raised - please help us reach our target!

by Turner's House Trust in London

Saving Sandycombe: JMW Turner's Twickenham Retreat

Turner's House Trust has been dedicated to running an energetic fundraising campaign to save and restore Sandycombe Lodge, the once-rural retreat designed and built by painter JMW Turner. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund and many other generous supporters, we are now only £125,000 away from our fundraising target of £2.4m.

A loan offer from the Architectural Heritage Fund has enabled us to appoint contractors and begin the urgent restoration works in March 2016, and the house is scheduled to reopen to the public in 2017. However, until all the money needed has been raised our work is not done, as we do not want to take up a loan we have no funds to repay. We hope to raise £25,000 from this crowdfunding campaign towards our final target.

With your support the restoration work to save Sandycombe Lodge will soon be fully funded.

About Sandycombe Lodge

Sandycombe Lodge is a little-known treasure: in 1813 England's foremost painter JMW Turner became his own architect and built a picturesque small country villa close to the Thames.  Turner entertained his friends at the house, including the architect Sir John Soane, whose influence is visible throughout the building.

Sandycombe Lodge was left to Turner's House Trust on the death of its then owner Professor Harold Livermore in 2010. The aim of the Trust is "to advance education in the arts for the benefit of the public by the preservation and conservation of Sandycombe Lodge…. as a monument to the artist Joseph Mallord William Turner."

It is now 200 years since Turner built Sandycombe Lodge, and the house, listed Grade II*, is still almost totally intact with some unsightly later additions.  However it is threatened by damp and decay, is on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register and in need of urgent major conservation. 

Above: The basement ceiling had collapsed from water damage; damp rot caused by intruding tree roots; front door of Sandycombe Lodge

The Project

The Trust decided to restore the house to its original appearance, as designed by Turner and open it to the public. Visitors will be able to explore this small but beautiful building, discovering Turner’s ways of working and learning more about his deep love of the river landscape.  Everyday life in a small Regency house will come entertainingly alive, including the role played here by Turner’s father, ‘Old William’, who presided over house and garden.

The surviving section of the original garden, which is of great importance to the presentation and character of the house, will also be restored. As well as renewing the planting and reinstating the “grassy mound” shown in the 1814 illustration above, the Trust will also address access issues with new paths to allow maximum accessibility and where possible include provision for wheelchair users.

The restoration of Sandycombe Lodge and its reopening present some very exciting opportunities for education, both within our local community and reaching out to much wider audiences.   Using the building and the many strands of history on which we can draw, Turner’s House Trust intends to offer a rich variety of learning opportunities, from young children to post-graduates, and to adults wishing to acquire new skills. The Trust will share the process of conservation and restoration with the public, engendering a wider understanding of the issues involved in sensitive heritage projects.

Thank you

As a thank you for your support, we are delighted to offer a range of rewards, including:

For more details please see individual rewards on the right.

Turner's House Trust is pleased to acknowledge the support of the following:

The Sackler TrustThe Finnis Scott FoundationThe Aldama Foundation

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Acknowledgement on our website

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A copy of the book "JMW Turner, R.A. The Artist and his House at Twickenham" by Catherine Parry-Wingfield, plus web acknowledgement as above

£35 or more

£35 Reward

A facsimile of the print "Richmond Terrace, Surrey", engraved by JT Williams after JMW Turner's watercolour of 1836. Plus web acknowledgement as above. Size approx 25cm x 15.5cm, in A4 mount, unframed. See bottom of project page for image.

£35 or more

£35 Reward

A coloured facsimile of "Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham Villa of JMW Turner, R.A.", plus web acknowledgement as above. Print size approx. 14 x 15.5cm, unframed. See image in project description.

£50 or more

62 of 100 claimed

£50 Reward

A place on a preview tour of the refurbished house before public opening. Plus book and web acknowledgement as above. Tours will provisionally take place in Summer 2017; we will keep you updated on progress and contact you with a list of dates to choose from by April 2017.

£100 or more

2 of 20 claimed

£100 Reward

Two places on a preview tour of the refurbished house before public opening. Plus 'Richmond Terrace' facsimile, book and web acknowledgement as above. Tours will provisionally take place in Summer 2017; we will keep you updated on progress and contact you with a list of dates to choose from by April 2017.

£100 or more

63 of 75 claimed

£100 Reward

Two places on a preview tour of the refurbished house before public opening. Plus Sandycombe Lodge facsimile, book and web acknowledgement as above. Tours will provisionally take place in Summer 2017; we will keep you updated on progress and contact you with a list of dates to choose from by April 2017.

£250 or more

12 of 20 claimed

£250 Reward

Private tour of the house and drinks for up to 8 guests with Catherine Parry-Wingfield, Chairman of Turner's House Trust. Plus Sandycombe Lodge facsimile, book and web acknowledgement as above. We will keep you updated on progress and will be in touch by April 2017 to arrange a date. Please note: if you choose to Gift Aid your donation, Turner's House Trust will be claiming Gift Aid on £100 of your pledge (equivalent to £25 at the current rate of 25%). The remaining portion of your pledge covers the value of the benefit which is not eligible for Gift Aid.

£500 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

A place on a printmaking workshop with Sasa Marinkov, Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Plus Sandycombe Lodge facsimile, book and web acknowledgement as above. The workshop will begin with an introduction to printmaking techniques, with examples from Sasa's extensive collection, followed by a demonstration. After lunch (provided), there will be a hands-on printmaking session using drypoint, woodcut or linocut. Participants will take home their metal plate and wood/lino block and their prints. The 5-hour workshop will take place at Sasa's Twickenham riverside studio on Sat 14 May 2016. No prior artistic experience necessary. Participants are asked to bring an apron or wear old clothes for the workshop; tools and materials will be provided. Participants will be working with sharp tools at their own risk and the session is not suitable for children. Please note: if you choose to Gift Aid your donation, Turner's House Trust will be claiming Gift Aid on £450 of your pledge (equivalent to £112.50 at the current rate of 25%). The remaining portion of your pledge covers the value of the benefit which is not eligible for Gift Aid.

£1,000 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£1,000 Reward

An invitation for two to an evening preview and reception to celebrate the re-opening of Sandycombe Lodge and acknowledgement in a commemorative donors' book displayed in the house. Plus Sandycombe Lodge facsimile, book and web acknowledgement as above. The reception will provisionally take place in Summer 2017; we will keep you updated on progress and confirm the date of the reception by April 2017. Please note: if you choose to Gift Aid your donation, Turner's House Trust will be claiming Gift Aid on £900 of your pledge (equivalent to £225 at the current rate of 25%). The remaining portion of your pledge covers the value of the benefit which is not eligible for Gift Aid.


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