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Top artist goes into battle at the National Civil War Centre

Relief of York

The stunning work of one of the UK’s top historical artists is on display at the National Civil War Centre in Newark.

Amazing scenes filled with dashing action and detail from the epic 17th century British Civil Wars are captured in 26 colourful pictures on show from 18 November 2015 until February 2016.

Graham has been illustrating professionally for 30 years and lives and works in Buckinghamshire.

Glyn Hughes, Team Leader for Collections at the National Civil War Centre, said:

“We are thrilled that Graham has agreed to put on this debut exhibition.  His work is  beautiful  and not only does he have an eagle eye for historic detail, but each subject is depicted as a real person, often with eyes staring back at the viewer.  The pictures are a history lesson in themselves and we will use them to explain more about the key moments they portray.”

Events brought to life include the relief of York, Battle of Marston Moor – the biggest clash of arms fought on English soil – and confrontations at Naseby, Dunbar and Edgehill.  Impressed museum chiefs have opted to buy some of the works to add to the National Civil War Centre collection and they are also talking to the artist about illustrating the sieges of Newark.

Graham Turner was recently commissioned by the Royal Armouries to create a huge picture to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. He also worked on the Richard III exhibition in Leicester and illustrates titles for Osprey Books.

The National Civil War Centre is a flagship £5.4m projected by Newark and Sherwood District Council and was supported by £3.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It was officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex in September.  Open daily from 10am to 4pm admission is £7 adults, £6 concessions and £3 children.  A season ticket is just £11.  English Heritage members half price.


Posted on 24 November 2015

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