Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The £3.25M Turner Prize

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The £3.25M Turner Prize

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Theatre and film director Mike Leigh is known for his bleak and angst-ridden dramatic productions including Abigail's Party on TV and Vera Drake on film.

But this eye-catching property starred in one of his more genteel efforts, 2014's biopic Mr Turner. It's Leigh's version of 19th century painter JMW Turner's life, who in the film is played by Timothy Spall.

Rush Grove House was bought by property developer Gary Halkyard in 2012. But half way through doing up the run-down Georgian gem, Mike Leigh decided the property would be perfect to portray the gallery that Turner built for himself in Harley Street, central London.

In real life Rush Grove House is in the capital's southeastern suburb of Woolwich and has five bedrooms and four reception rooms.

Gary's renovation is complete including the restoration of its extraordinary wooden floors, and the addition of a show-stopping Timothy as JMW chandelier in the main hallway and beautiful restoration of its wood-and-gilt balustrade. …

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