- Also known as
Percy Moore Turner
primary name: Turner, Percy Moore
other name: Independent Gallery
other name: Moore Turner, Percy
- individual; dealer/auction house; British; Male
- Life dates
- 7a Grafton Street, W1 (Independent Gallery)
Oxmead, Marsham Way, Gerards Cross (1940)
- Art dealer, born in Yorkshire, but living in Norwich from 1889. From 1902 employed by French art dealers, and became a link between the London and Paris art worlds. Opened his own 'Independent Gallery' in Grafton Street in 1920 which held many exhibitions until 1932. Dealt mainly in French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, plus a few contemporary French artists. Also in Britrish XVIIIc paintigns and drawings, especially landscapes and the Norwich school. Became the main adviser for Hindley Smith, and was responsible for the distribution of his collection in 1939. Also advised Samuel Courtauld.
The library of the Courtauld Institute has a collection of his papers; see also two letters of 2nd and 13th August 1940 in P&D Letter Book concerning his wish to dispose of drawings that he considered at risk from war damage - they were evidently the group purchased two years later (1942,0520.2.1-93). He gave a painting by Georges de La Tour to the Louvre in 1948. His bequest to the BM of modern French prints and drawings (mainly by Jean Fréaut and Dunoyer de Segonzac, both personal friends) was registered in 1951. His 96 Rembrandt etchings were bequeathed to Norwich (see Richard Godfrey in 'Print Quarterly', IV 1987, pp.408-10), and other gifts/ bequests were made to the Ashmolean and other museums. His executor was the Hon. Andrew Shirley (qv).
- Sarah A.M.Turner, 'PMT, connoisseur, impresario & art dealer', 2018