Turner was a commercial illustrator and painter best known for naval and other maritime and aviation subjects. He was the eldest of three children of a London-born machine fitter, also called Charles Edward, and his wife, Grace, and was born in Beswick, Manchester, on 14th September 1883. The elder Charles died before 1901 while the family were living in Chorlton, when Grace, by then 38, was working as a ‘monthly nurse’ and 17-year-old Charles as a ‘clerk’. Turner’s training may have been through night school, but from 1904 he worked for the printing firm of Taylor, Garrett, Evans and Co. Ltd in Manchester, and by 1916 was manager of their ‘Artist and Photo’ departments. From 1905 to 1921 he was also a member of the Amalgamated Society of Lithographic Artists, Designers, Engravers and Process-Workers.

Text source: Art Detective

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