Panufnik Pops Up

Here’s something which may pique your interest. Art. Of the local connections variety. Of the quirky, witty and illustrative variety. Right here in Twickenham for a pop-up exhibition next weekend.
Local artist, designer and illustrator Jem Panufnik is holding a pop-up show of paintings, prints and sculpture at Riverside House near Orleans House on the weekend of 28th and 29th November. It’s a two-man show as Jem’s work will be accompanied by that of his ‘fellow breaks luminary’ Mr Rennie Pilgrem. To be honest we’re not entirely sure what a ‘fellow breaks luminary’ is – that wasn’t on the list the provided by the school careers adviser but we’re most definitely going to find out.

And who is this Jem Panufnik? As well as being an artist, film maker, graphics person and illustrator he’s also co-founder of Finger Lickin’ Records. And for those who recognise his style, he’s the man who designed the ‘Save Orleans Riverside’ poster during Gloriana-gate last year. Why did he do that? Well, for him it was personal, his great grandmother, Nellie Ionides, helped the borough acquire the area for parkland in the first place and also saved Orleans House from destruction. Not too shabby for local credentials, eh? We can only wonder what ‘Our Nellie’ would make of something as vulgar as a ‘pop-up’ art show in her old manor. The very thought of it!

Jem & Rennie’s work will be on display for your entertainment, amusement and we assume, your purchasing. Worth popping in we reckon.

Pop up Panufnik show

Pop up Panufnik show

Dates: Sat 28th & Sun 29th Nov
Time: 11.00am – 5.00pm
Where: The Studio, Riverside House, Riverside,Twickenham, TW1 3DJ (next door to Orleans House Gallery)

* Jem Panufnik website


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12 responses to “Panufnik Pops Up

  1. Purple Haze

    …A secret and beautiful mature woodland garden, quietly slumbering twixt the Arcadian delights of Orleans House and the twinkling, sparkling Thames.
    Do I get the job Mr ahogshead4me?

  2. Nor as a politician! I wished to make the layout clear to anyone who hadn’t ever wondered where the house was. This picture is worth any number of words from me:

    If the William and Mary house had been spared it would no doubt house the borough’s extensive art collection, much of it bequeathed by Mrs Ionides of blessed memory.

    • Sally

      How wonderful it would have been if the whole building had been saved.
      James Lees -Milne’s diaries give a great picture of the terrifying, magnificent Mrs Ionides and her heroic battles with the Council of the day, Now matter how often they advanced waving plans to demolish ,with a well shod foot she kicked them back and saved the Octagon. We need her now!

    • Very interesting – I was unaware of Lees-Milne’s account. I have only read his biography and the abridged single volume of the diary, which has little from the post war period, when I presume this happened. Can you supply an approximate date, please?

    • Sally

      Chris, 1944-45. ( Phrophesying Peace)
      Have a look at entries for October /November.
      Sample quote from Thursday 26 October 1944:
      “Went to Mrs Ionides’ house in Twixkenham..Mrs Ionides owns the grounds of old Orleans house and Gibbs’ beautiful Octagon…she offered to leave it and 8 acres (to the Narional trust)…..She hates the local council, who wanted to pull down the Octagon and who cheered when told that Radnor House had been demolished by a bomb”
      More entries in the 40s but cant’t track down volume one.

    • Sally

      Apologies for unspellchecked post

    • Sally: Thanks – I can pick that up at Richmond library tomorrow. I had heard the tale about the destruction of Radnor House before: it was an Italianate pile, purchased by the council in 1903 to secure the grounds, who found it to be an expensive white elephant. So there was a general cheer in the council chamber when its destruction was announced. The Radnor Gardens we have instead are both beautiful and useful.

      ‘ . . The solution to the Council’s dilemma was rather more dramatic than actually spending money: at 10.30pm on 16th September 1940 a 250kg delayed action high explosive bomb fell through the house; it exploded a few hours later and the house collapsed on its site. Reportedly there was a loud cheer from the Council chamber when the news was relayed. There is nothing remaining of the house but part of the Bath House, installed by Lord Radnor in the early 1720s, survives resited from its original riverside position . . ‘

    • Here’s what JLM wrote about Mrs Ionides:
      ‘ . . Thursday, 26th October, 1944 – Went to Mrs. Ionides’s house in Twickenham at 9.30. Very foggy and so could not see much of the riverside scenery. Mrs. Ionides owns the grounds of old Orleans House, now pulled down, and Gibbs’s beau­tiful Octagon, which she showed me. It is well preserved. She offers to leave it and eight acres, which adjoin Marble Hill, including a building which contains two derelict flats.

      She hates the local council, who wanted to pull down the Octagon, and who cheered when told that Radnor House had been demolished by a bomb. Before I left she offered to include her pictures of Twickenham, including a Zuccarelli, which K. Clark wants for the National Gallery. The offer is certainly a worthy one. She is a highly intelligent old woman, a sister of Lord Bearsted, and talks of ‘ceows’. I liked her.

      Friday, 3rd November – Matheson and I went to Twickenham to see the Octagon and Mrs. Ionides’s land. Matheson wondered how we could afford to look after it. He is right, it will need 128
      capital outlay . .

      Wednesday 29th November – Mrs. Ionides came to the office, and agreed to leave Riverside House to the N.T. in addition to the Octagon and the Orleans House grounds. Now we shall not be hard up for funds to maintain the Octagon . . ‘

      from Prophesying Peace: James Lees-Milne; Chatto, 1977.

      Twickenham in 1944 was littered with bomb sites and shattered buildings and crowded with people looking for a place to live. Building materials and skilled labour were not to be had. So it is not surprising that the councillors thought that the Octagon, a useless folly, should be left to fall down.

      When and how Mrs I was persuaded that the council could be trusted to look after it so that she left it to them rather than the National Trust, I don’t know. She died in 1960, I think, by which time the country had recovered, though there were still plenty of bomb sites to be seen.

  3. Only the faithless thought he was ‘dead’: the rest of us knew he was only sleeping, safe in Pope’s Grotto, ready to waken and come to Twickenham’s aid when her precious riverside was threatened with ravishment by the dragon that lives on Richmond Hill!!

  4. Simon cassini

    Nothing to do with the show just wanted to say how glad I am that twickerati is not as dead as once thought

  5. Your summary of Mrs Ionides’ several generous benefactions to the borough is not quite right. Last year I created a page bringing together what I could find out at:

    Orleans House was lost except for the octagon and stable block to get at the gravel beneath it; it stood to their east; the woodland now there is has grown naturally since the gravel pit was backfilled with rubbish with a layer of earth on top.