GEORGE TURNER (1841 - 1910)

Derbyshire river in spate

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Oil on Canvas


Private collection


Bottom RHS



750 mm x 450 mm


950 mm x 670 mm




Impressive oil on canvas of probably a Derbyshire river, in spate (very full after a heavy rain) Turner has really captured the power of the water as it flows over the river boulders, charging in full force down the hills in this glorious piece. Trees frame the scene with the Derbyshire Hills behind and a group of circling birds above. Mounted in a solid quality wood and gesso gold frame which really compliments the powerful subject matter. Both the painting and the frame are in superb condition

George Turner 1841 - 1910

George Turner was a landscape painter born in Cromford, Derbyshire in 1841. A natural talent, he turned his hand to private art teaching as a young man. After moving to Barrow-on-Trent he met and married his first wife Eliza Lakin in 1865. They lived at her family farm ‘The Walnuts’ and had four children, two of whom became artists, Mary Turner (later Woore) and the better known William Lakin Turner (1867-1936). Turner specialised in rustic views of South Derbyshire, the Trent Valley, Birmingham, North Wales and Scotland. He exhibited from 1860 at the Birmingham Society of Artists and Suffolk Street. He was also a frequent exhibitor at the Derby Art Gallery.

Turner was a member of the Derby Corporation Art Gallery Committee and was art master to Louis Bosworth Hurt (1856-1929) who also lived near Barrow-on-Trent, and David Payne (fl. 1876-1891), as well as his son William. In 1880, he was commissioned to paint views of Calk Abbey by Lady Crewe. After the death of his wife in 1900, he moved to Kirk Ireton, living for a time at the Barley Mow Inn. He married for a second time to the artist Kate Stevens Smith (1871-1964), moving to Cliffe Ash Cottage in Idridgehay. Turner died at Idridgehay on 29 March, 1910 and is buried in St James’ churchyard. Turner has been dubbed ‘Derbyshire’s John Constable with his works being highly collectable. Examples of his paintings can be found at the Derby Art Gallery.

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