Ann Turner, Mr Ashton's Pole Bank Hall, Hyde - 19th-century watercolour painting

An original mid-19th-century watercolour painting, Ann Turner Mr Ashton's Pole Bank Hall, Hyde.

A charming view in the grounds at Pole Bank Hall at Hyde in Cheshire. Pole Bank was the family home of the Ashton family, cotton pioneers in the 19th century.

Unsigned. Inscribed verso: "In Mr Ashton's Grounds, Pole Bank".
There is minor creasing at the upper left and lower right corners of the sheet, and loss to the paper at the lower left corner as shown.
33.9cm x 21.9cm.

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-273

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