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Alfred Hitchcock's old home plays host to J.M.W. Turner admirers

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• A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.

The address 153 Cromwell Road, in London’s Earl’s Court neighborhood, may ring a bell only with the most ardent devotees of Alfred Hitchcock, whose residency there between 1926 and 1939 is noted by a shiny blue plaque. The building’s facade looks time-worn; an inscription above the entrance reads “Turner House.”

These days, the address is linked to the Independent Turner Society, a group of admirers of the 19th-century painter and printmaker J.M.W. Turner, which, for the past 20 years, has been pushing for the building of a gallery to unite the works he left to Britain, as requested by the artist’s will. That the society meets in the building where the legendary director once lived is entirely coincidental: Selby Whittingham, the society’s founder who lives on the first floor, says he’d been there for 25 years before he learned Hitchcock had occupied the two floors above him.


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