4 April 2018
Friends & Patrons Trip
Wednesday 4 April
9.30am at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
£21 (includes transport and morning coffee)
Join us for a private tour of the Gothic Revival “castle" masterpiece Strawberry Hill House, built in 1749 onward by Horace Walpole in Twickenham, SW London. A tourist attraction in Walpole's lifetime, the popularity of Strawberry Hill House was a key contributing factor to the emergence of Gothic Revival architecture. Now fully restored, visitors can see the process of restoration at the castle, as well as many original documents and drawings relating to its build and its fascinating subsequent owners.
After lunch, there will be a private tour of Sandycombe Lodge, the Grade II* listed cottage house in Twickenham, where the artist JMW Turner lived for 13 years with his father William, using it as a retreat away from the pressures of the London art world. Saved from dereliction in recent years by the Turner's House Trust, the house was designed by JMW Turner, guided by the hand of his friend, neo-classical architect John Soane and built in 1813.
This is a rare opportunity to visit a house both designed and lived in by a celebrated artist.
A table for lunch at a local restaurant will also be arranged, payable on the day.
Meet at 9.30am at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village.
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