Turner’s House announces programme of online lectures

  • 22 Feb 2021
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Find out more about the great landscape artist J.M.W. Turner and his time in Twickenham this April with a series of online lectures for only £15 for the series. The booking link can be found at the bottom.

‘Turner’s House of Art: Turner at Petworth’

with Andrew Loukes | Tuesday, 6th April, 7pm

Chaired by Ricky Pound

From 1827, the year after he sold Sandycombe Lodge, J.M.W. Turner visited Petworth House in West Sussex every year for the next decade. There remain 20 paintings by Turner at Petworth, which is the largest collection of his oils outside Tate Britain. This talk explores the artist’s relationship with one of his favourite places, described by Turner’s contemporary John Constable as “that house of art”.

Andrew Loukes has worked with public art collections for 30 years. He was the House and Collections Manager at Petworth House (the most important art collection in the care of the National Trust) for 11 years and previously was a curator at Manchester Art Gallery and Tate Britain. He has curated exhibitions on Blake, Constable and seven on Turner, including the recent inaugural exhibition ‘Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings’ at Turner’s House in 2020. Andrew is also a former trustee of the Turner’s House Trust. He is now Consultant Curator of the Egremont Collection at Petworth.

‘From the Sublime to the Ridiculous - Turner’s sense of scale’

With Franny Moyle | Tuesday 13th April, 7pm

Chaired by Clare Pardy

Franny Moyle looks at Turner’s interest in scale, his ‘all seeing eye’, and how this relates to his world view. Taking a number of paintings executed during the ‘Sandycombe Years’ she will invite those joining the talk to look again at Turner’s work, to consider how he uses scale to express sublime beauty, what there is to discover in looking closely at the detail of his work, and how this may relate to his own spiritual beliefs.

Franny Moyle is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster whose biography of Turner, The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. She is a trustee of the Turner’s House Trust.

‘Turner and the ‘Matchless Vale of Thames’

With Catherine Parry-Wingfield | Tuesday 20th April, 7pm

Chaired by Lucinda MacPherson

For the great landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, the river Thames provided him with a huge source of inspiration, from his childhood in the early 1780s to the end of his life in 1851.  He was particularly enthralled by the Arcadian stretch of the river as it winds past Richmond and Twickenham, where he chose to build his retreat, Sandycombe Lodge. This talk takes its title from the 18th century Richmond poet, James Thomson, whose work was still much admired many decades after his death, and whose verses were in Turner’s mind as he walked and sketched his way along Richmond Hill to capture the moods of the river and famous view.

Catherine Parry-Wingfield is an art historian with a long career in teaching and lecturing, specialising in the visual arts of 18th and early 19th century Britain and Europe.  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 written 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’ (both available from Turner’s House).

‘Understanding the Fine Print: Turner's Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England’

With Nichola Moorby | Tuesday 27th April, 7pm

Chaired by Romy Murray

For almost his entire residency of Sandycombe Lodge, Turner would have been working on the print publication, Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England, his first major independent series of topographical views. This talk will discuss the background and circumstances of the project, particularly focusing on the techniques and skill of Turner and his printmakers, as well as revealing the highs and lows of their professional collaborations.

Nicola Moorby is an independent art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Formerly at Tate Britain, where she managed the Prints and Drawings Rooms, she was a significant contributor to Tate's updated online catalogue of the Turner Bequest and has worked as a curator on several exhibitions. She has contributed to numerous publications on Turner, including as co-editor and author of How to Paint Like Turner (Tate Publishing 2010). She has appeared on television and radio, including most recently, Great Paintings of the World with Andrew Marr.

Book your tickets

Tickets for all four live, interactive lectures can be booked via Eventbrite for just £15 for the whole series. Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 2LR Follow our Social Media for updates turnershouse.org Twitter: @TurnersHouse  Facebook Instagram.


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