GEORGE TURNER (1841 - 1910)

Crossing the Ford, Barrow on Trent, Derbyshire 



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19th Century, 1889


Oil on Canvas


Bottom LHS 


Private collection



750 mm x 500 mm


910 mm x 650 mm




A fine large 19th century landscape oil on canvas, by the eminent Victorian painter George Turner (1841-1910), depicting a man crossing a ford sitting on a white horse with two other horses, black/brown pulling a small wooden cart containing two small children. A black and white dog is running alongside. To the background you can see the track leading down to the ford with hills in the background -a lovely subject which really captures Turners style.

The painting is signed by the artist and is in great condition. It is framed in a quality wood gold leaf frame.

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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