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George Turner

Biography of Artist

Exhibited 1880 - 1904

George Turner was born in Cromford, Derbyshire in 1843 where he met and married his first wife Eliza Larkin. They lived at a cottage called ’The Walnuts’. They lived for some years in Barrow-on-Trent and Idrigehay. He specialised in painting the landscape of South Derbyshire, the Trent Valley near Barrow-on-Trent, and North Wales. They had 4 children, two of whom became painters, with his son, one of his pupils, William Lakin (1867-1936) exhibiting 11 works at the Royal Academy. Another of his pupils included Luis Bosworth Hurt (1856-1929), who also lived near Barrow-on-Trent and is renowned for his Scottish landscapes with highland cattle. George Turner’s pictures are usually signed Geo. Turner or G.Turner and inscribed on the back with the title and his address at the time. 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. Turner exhibited frequently at the Derby Art Gallery, and paintings by both George Turner and his son can be seen in their collection.

After the death of his wife in 1900 he moved 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 in 1910.

Exhibited at:- Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham x 45 Nottingham Museum and Art Gallery x 45 Royal Society of British Artists x 3