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Turner, Percy Moore

British, 1877 - 1950


Art dealer and collector, Percy Moore Turner was active in London, where he had his Independent Gallery from about 1897. He is best known as a principle advisor to collector Samuel Courtauld, whose collection and bequest form the Courtauld Institute Galleries in London. Turner sold directly to Courtauld and also acted as an intermediary on purchases, including two of the most important, and most expensive, acquisitions made by Courtauld: Renoir's La Loge and Manet's Bar at the Folies Bergère.

Turner was responsible for the several important exhibitions in London. He organized an 1927 exhibition of Gainsborough in Ipswich, England. That same year he was part of the exhibition committee for the Norwich Castle Museum's loan exhibition, to which he lent works by Samuel David Colkett, Joseph Paul, and John Thirtle. Turner acted as an honorary liaison between France and England for the important 1932 exhibition of French art held in London. In 1937 he organized an exhibition of Constable at Wildenstein's Galleries, London.

Turner lectured on English and French art at English universities, and lived in Paris between 1906-1919. In March 1933 Turner became one of the few non-Frenchmen decorated as an officier de la Légion d'Honneur, in recognition of his services to the art world. In 1949 he was elevated to commander.

Percy Moore Turner died in 1950. Several estate sales of his collection were held in London in 1951.

A collection of Turner's papers are housed in the library of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.


Loan Collection of Oil Paintings, Water-Colour Drawings, Etc., illustrative of the work of artists of the Norwich School of Painting. Norwich, England, 6 October-5 November 1927.
Turner, Percy Moore. "Gainsborough Discoveries at Ipswich." The Burlington Magazine 51 (November 1927): 239-240.
"P. M. Turner wins Légion d'Honneur." Art News 31 (8 April 1933): 4.
A Centenary Memorial Exhibition of John Constable, R.A. London, Wildenstein Galleries, 21 April-29 May 1937.
"The Constable Centenary: A Synoptic Exhibition." Apollo 25 (May 1937): 293-297.
Les donateurs du Louvre, Paris, 1989, p. 334
House, John. Impressionism for England: Samuel Courtauld as Patron and Collector exh. cat., Courtauld Institute Galleries, 1994:22-23

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