Twickenham treasure Turner’s House has been visited by Sir Vince Cable after its stunning £2.4 million renovation.

Chair of Turner’s Trust, Catherine Parry-Wingfield, showed Sir Vince and his wife Lady Rachel Cable around Sandycombe Lodge - designed by landscape painter William Turner - on Friday, April 6.

They tried out new features which help explain the blue plaque house, such as a telescope which recreates the view Turner saw from his bedroom window.

Lady Cable said: "It was very dilapidated when I first saw it, when Professor Livermore was still alive and looking for a long term solution that would be true to the spirit of Turner, who gave his work to the nation, and yet be an asset to the local community.

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“I think Catherine Parry-Wingfield and her team have done a phenomenal job of restoring it with integrity and good taste".

The Cables drank coffee with some of the trustees of the house and a shadow of Old William smoking his pipe in the kitchen.

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Sir Vince said he was an admirer of Turner’s work, particularly his vivid sunsets and painting of The Fighting Temeraire.