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The Turner House Trust is appealing to the nation to save this country home

A Bicentennial Appeal, worth £2 million, was launched at Twickenham, home to JMW Turner RA, for the restoration and preservation of Sandycombe lodge.

A beautiful Regency villa, Sandycombe Lodge is virtually unknown despite being of national importance. It was designed by Turner, as a retreat for him and his father, and is urgently in need of restoration.

Grade 2* listed, it is largely unspoilt apart from some later unsightly additions, but seriously threatened by damp and long neglect, it is now on English Heritage’s Buildings At Risk Register.

With a First Round pass and development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and promises of match funding, the Trustees are now able to embark on the first stage to restore the villa to Turner’s own design and secure it for the nation. However, further match funds of at least £600,000 are needed urgently.

Announcing the appeal, Catherine Parry-Wingfield, chairman of Turner’s House Trust said: “This little house is of national, indeed international, importance as a work by JMW Turner, England’s greatest painter – unusually, one in three dimensions.  Turner’s work is renowned throughout the world, and here is a gem of a building in a part of England which was inspirational to him.”

Said Dr Penelope Curtis, director, Tate Britain: “We wish the Trust well with their campaign and hope that the house Turner planned for himself and where he lived on and off for a number of years, can be fully restored. It would be marvellous to see this historic property returned to life and finding a new purpose.”

Donations can be made at www.turnerintwickenham.org.uk

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