Born in 1833, George Turner arrived in Christchurch in 1855 after serving with the Turkish contingent in the Crimean War. He had a number of clerical jobs with government departments, and later was commissioned to design the Arms of the Canterbury Agricultural Association. Many of his paintings were copies of photographs of Lyttelton taken by a Dr Barker in earlier times. Turner exhibited in the South Island from 1881. His work is represented in the Canterbury Museum.
We have records of art auction sales by George Turner from 1979 and in total 11 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 8 (73%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $9,818 for The Apotheosis of Nelson sold by Leonard Joel in October 2021. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2021.
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