Turner, Charles.E.: The Cathedral, Coventry – SOLD


An attractive watercolour illustration commissioned by the Dunlop Tyre Company for their 1962 calendar, framed.

Destroyed by bombing in November 1940, the new Coventry Cathedral designed by Sir Basil Spence was consecrated in 1962. Located in the circular Baptistry to the left of the painting, is a stunning stained glass window designed by John Piper and completed by Patrick Reyntiens.

Artist: Charles.E.Turner, (1883-1965)

Title and date: The Cathedral, Coventry, 1962

Size: 25.0 x 37.0 cms.

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Artist description:

Born in Beswick, Manchester but based in Liverpool, Charles Turner specialised in landscape and marine views and worked as a poster artist. Proficient in watercolours and oils, Turner exhibited at the RA as well as in Manchester and Liverpool. He fought in the First then the Second World War as a captain in the Fleet Air Arm, combining active service with his role as an official war artist.

During the inter-war years, Turner illustrated posters and postcards for Cunard but his best-known work dates from the two wars, his paintings demonstrating his first-hand experience of combat. They were used as illustrations for Illustrated London News and Sphere magazines and he also produced scenic views for Kodak calendars. Many of his wartime oil and watercolour paintings are preserved in the collections of the National Maritime Museum and Imperial War Museum.