George Turner
(English, 1843 - 1910)

George Turner was known as the Derbyshire "John Constable" for his scenes of unspoilt english countryside. His paintings are a recording of rural life that has vanished. Great landscapes with church towers in the distance, sheep crossing muddy lanes lined with great oaks and horse drawn carts with gypsies. His pictures were almost photographic in their attention to detail at the start of his career but by the 1880s and 90s his style became freer, more atmospheric and more impressionistic.

Turner was born in Cromford but to Barrow on Trent in Southern Derbyshire where he met and married his first wife Eliza Larkin. They lived at a cottage called "The Walnuts". The area was an inspiration for many of his paintings. They had 4 children, two of whom became painters, with his son William (1867-1936) exhibiting 11 works at the Royal Academy.

George Turner had a considerable output through his life and though very popular in Derbyshire, he never exhibited in London. He was a member of the Derby Corporation Art Gallery Committee and around 1880 he was commissioned to paint views of Calk Abbey by Lady Crewe. After the death of his wife in 1900 he noved to Kirk Ireton taking up residence in the Barley Mow pub. He married the artist Kate Stevens Smith and moved to Cliffe Ash Cottage in Idridgehay were he remained till he died. He was buried in the local churchyard.

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Name:George Turner
Dates:1843 - 1910
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Derby Museum and Art Gallery(United Kingdom - Derby)9 artworks
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Ipswich Borough Council Museums and Galleries(England - Ipswich)1 artworks
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru(United Kingdom - Aberystwyth)1 artworks
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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum(United Kingdom - Bournemouth)1 artworks
Wolverhampton Art Gallery(United Kingdom - Wolverhampton)1 artworks

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This person died over 70 years ago (in 1910).

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