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Exhibition | Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings

Posted in exhibitions, on site by Editor on March 12, 2020

I noted here at Enfilade back in 2014 that plans were established to preserve Turner’s house, but I realize that I never followed up. Turner’s House opened to the public in 2017 after a £2.4 million restoration, and it’s now hosting its first exhibition of original oil paintings by the artist. CH

Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings
Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham, 10 January — 30 April 2020 (extended from the original March closing date)

Turner’s House Trust are thrilled to announce their first exhibition of J.M.W. Turner’s original oil paintings in the house he designed for himself. Thanks to a generous loan from Tate, the exhibition opened on January 10th and will run until 30th April 2020. Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings features rare oil sketches, seldom seen by the public. The works have been chosen for their depictions of scenes close to his house near the river and feature riparian landscapes from Isleworth to Windsor. The Thames enticed Turner to buy a plot of land in Twickenham on which to build a retreat for him and his father in the 1800s, and he designed the villa so that he could glimpse the river from his bedroom window. Turner spent a lot of time on the Thames both working and fishing, keeping his catch in two ponds in what was then a large, country garden.

The exhibition is included in the price of general admission to the house. Special tours may also be purchased for up to ten people for £120 and the group will have the house to themselves. These tours would make excellent presents for special occasions for friends and family. If you are interested in booking on of these tours please contact Ricky Pound at housedirector@turnershouse.org.

Turner on the Twenty, Replacing Adam Smith

Posted in the 18th century in the news by Editor on March 12, 2020

As reported several weeks ago by Simon Read for BBC News (20 February 2020) . . .

You’ll soon no longer find Adam Smith in your wallet or purse. The economist has been replaced as the face of the £20 note by artist JMW Turner. . . . It includes two see-through windows and a two colour foil to help beat forgers. . . . The new £20 is the third plastic banknote to be issued by the Bank of England after the fiver featuring Winston Churchill—launched in 2016—and the tenner featuring Jane Austen, which was first issued in 2017. It replaces the paper one featuring Adam Smith which has been in circulation since 2007.

The portrait is based on Turner’s ca. 1799 Self-Portrait now part of the Tate Collection.

Church Monuments Essay Prize

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 12, 2020

From ArtHist.net:

Church Monuments Essay Prize
Submissions due by 31 December 2020

The Council of the Church Monuments Society offers a biennial prize of £500 called the Church Monuments Essay Prize, to be awarded with a certificate for the best essay submitted in the relevant year along with publication of the winning essay in the peer-reviewed international annual CMS journal Church Monuments. The competition is open only to those who have not previously published an article in Church Monuments. The subject of the essay must be an aspect of church monuments—of any period in Britain or abroad. The length, including notes, shall not exceed 10,000 words and a maximum of 10 illustrations, preferably in colour. The prize will be awarded only if the essay is considered by the judges to be of sufficiently high standard to merit publication in Church Monuments. The closing date for new entries is 31 December 2020. For a copy of the rules and the contributor guidelines, please see the Society’s website, or contact the Hon. Journal Editors for more details or advice on the suitability of a particular topic. For details and for submission of articles, please email the editors: Jonathan Trigg (jrtrigg@liverpool.ac.uk) and Ann Adams (cmsed.aja@gmail.com).

Church Monuments Society
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