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See the first exhibition of Turnbull's sculptures since his death in November last year at the age of 90.

One of Britain’s leading sculptors, Turnbull was part of a dynamic post-war generation of artists that included Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton. He was a radical modernist whose coddled bronzes had an animalistic primitivism that appeared timeless. Often described as a sculptor, Turnbull was actually a polymath creating paintings and prints together with his large-scale bronzes and delicate Giacometti-like forms.

Like many of his generation, Turnbull's artistic career had an idiosyncratic beginning. His first job was in the illustrating department of DC Thomson, home of the Beano and the Dandy, and his love of comic book art remained with him throughout his career. His early bronzes were playful, particularly his small sculptures that looked like chess pieces or board games. There is a lovely amateur black-and-white film made by Turnbull and a young Allan Forbes in 1950 featuring the artist’s sculptures that encapsulates Turnbull’s offbeat sense of humour.


Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

01246 565 300


Opening times

21 March 2020 - 3 January 2021. Closed 24, 25 & 26 December & 1 January Opening times vary throughout the year, check the website for details. Please note: 50% off entry only valid on house and garden ticket during the main season, not valid during Christmas. Offer can be redeemed online using the code ARTFUND. Please present your National Art Pass upon arrival.

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