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This England is the quarterly magazine for all who love our green and pleasant land and are unashamedly proud of their English roots. Published since 1968 the magazine has now become one of England’s best loved magazines and has a readership of over 115,000 people from around the world. As well as being popular in England it outsells all other British heritage magazines in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and is sent to readers in every country of the world. Published in Cheltenham, in the heart of picturesque Gloucestershire, the magazine is edited, printed and despatched direct from England. Subscribe today and celebrate all that is best about England and the English way of life.

‘TURNER’S HOUSE’

‘TURNER’S HOUSE’ (continued) The sitting room where a model of a ship reflects the artist’s maritime interests. Below: “Frosty Morning” which is now exhibited in Tate Britain. briefly relax near his beloved river, occasionally entertain the odd friend to visit when feeling congenial or perhaps even indulge in the odd picnic, a favourite pastime of the painter’s. One of Turner’s familiar companions would be his horse Crop-Ear, the artist’s principal means of transport during the years at Sandycombe Lodge as Crop-Ear pulled a carriage containing “sketching apparatus” as Walter Thornbury’s contemporary biography of the 1860s described it. It is said Crop-Ear was the model for all the horses to be found in Turner’s art, one of the most famous pictures being Frosty Morning which now hangs in Tate Britain. The search for Crop-Ear’s last resting place is now underway locally as it was believed that Turner had his equine companion buried on land that he owned, either at Sandycombe or, more likely, in the meadow now occupied by a public house and a row of terraced houses. Although Turner was one of those fortunate artists who would know acclaim within his own lifetime this doesn’t suggest by any means that he met with universal approval within the art world. “Indistinctness is my forte,” he would say yet some disparaged his technique of using colour and light to convey what could be considered an unusually impressionistic perspective, something that was not yet well-known. “My job is to paint what I see, not what I know,” Turner said, embracing the realms of imagination with a pioneering approach that could be considered an early precursor of Impressionism. His masterful use of light allowed him to take a familiar view and by virtue of his brush transform it into something fresh yet eternal that would cement his reputation as one of the most important landscape painters. Although it’s a moot point whether Sandycombe Lodge witnessed the actual composition of any of Turner’s famous paintings of Richmond it certainly provided both solace and inspiration which in themselves are indispensable for any artist. AMANDA HODGES Photographs: Anne Purkiss © Turner’s House Trust Collection Further Information Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, Twickenham TW1 2LR Tel: 020 88925485 Website: turnershouse.org 64 THIS ENGLAND, Winter, 2017

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