Ann Turner, Mill, Dunham Massey, Cheshire - Original 1840 watercolour painting

An original 1840 watercolour painting, Ann Turner Mill, Dunham Massey, Cheshire.

A picturesque view of the old corn mill on the estate of the Georgian manor house Dunham Massey. Constructed around 1616, the mill is one of oldest surviving mill buildings in the British Isles. In the 1860s it was converted into a water-powered sawmill.

Unsigned. Inscribed verso: "Dunham Mill, Cheshire, about 1840".
There is loss to the paper at the left-hand corners of the sheet as shown, and two repaired tears at the lower edge. Some minor crease lines in places.
32.5cm x 22.1cm.

This watercolour forms part of a collection of paintings by Ann Turner dating from the 1840s/50s, depicting rural views, rustic scenes, castles, abbeys and bridges, predominantly in the Cheshire and North Wales areas. Very little is known of Ann Turner, but as well as having the means to travel and paint, it appears that she had connections with highly regarded local Chester artist George Pickering (c.1794-1857). Pickering was a drawing master at Chester and later at Birkenhead; Ann Turner was likely a pupil. A number of the watercolours in the collection are after works by Pickering, and one painting is attributed to George Pickering himself. The collection also includes competent copies by Ann Turner after Samuel Prout OWS AA (1783-1852) and Thomas Miles Richardson Senior (1784–1848). There is also an outstanding sepia portrait watercolour of Ann Turner in the collection, clearly painted by a very accomplished hand (see photograph), which we have listed for sale separately.

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Product code: JE-275

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