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Graham Turner's half-century!

In Military History

Graham is an outrageously gifted illustrator. Over the years he's provided us with top notch colour images of uniform plates and battle scenes for topics that span centuries and continents.



He is currently working on yet another set of images for an exciting new Osprey book, but having come to the realisation that he's achieved a momentous half-century of Osprey volumes, Graham wanted to do a bit of a retrospective. So on Monday, he began working through all of the titles he's contributed to, posting on Facebook  images of beautiful paintings all of which are available for purchase on his fabulous website, Studio 88.

Monday's image was from Campaign 44 Pavia 1525: The Climax of the Italian Wars.



A number of the original paintings from this volume are available in the 'Pavia' section of Graham's website. Check them out

Graham said:

'In the year that I reach my personal half-century, I realise that I have also illustrated over fifty books published by Osprey – a total of 263 paintings! I’ll confess to feeling rather shocked (and tired!) having calculated that total, but also a little proud to have achieved such a landmark. To mark this I intend to highlight one title per week, in the order they were commissioned, which will take a little over a year (total to date is actually 52 books, plus one in production and two more in my schedule for this year).

On publication the original paintings are returned to me for resale, and many have found new homes with collectors. Details of those that I still have available can be found on my website -http://www.studio88.co.uk/acatalog/Original_Book_Illustrations_by_Graham_Turner.html.

 These originals are priced considerably lower than I would usually charge because Osprey have already paid me a fee - a more affordable opportunity to acquire a unique piece of original art, and a painting that is well known - ‘immortalised’ in print.'

So check out Graham's website, and join us in congratulating him on this magnificent landmark - and his birthday!

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GI Gene posted on 27 Jun 2014 21:24:00
Happy birthday and congratulations Mr. Turner!
All you need is to illustrate a Raid and a New Vanguard title and your portfolio will just about have every series Osprey is currently publishing.
Pompeius Minus posted on 26 Jun 2014 15:15:00
One of my favourite Osprey artists. Hopefully we\'ll get 50 more years from him.
CMB posted on 26 Jun 2014 02:57:00
I feel the makings of a pun based on \'fifty-fifty,\' but it hasn\'t quite come to me yet. Happy birthday, Mr. Turner. May you illustrate another fifty titles and then some!
ShalimarTroy posted on 25 Jun 2014 20:59:00
Happy birthday Mr. Turner. I would say that 50 years old seems very old but then realize I hit that mark on the 16th of July.
Paintybeard posted on 25 Jun 2014 14:22:00
Yes, Mr Turners illustrations for the 13th. and 14th. centuries show him at his best. Please commission some more War of the Roses campaign books so we can have some more of his lovely pictures with lots of heraldry in them.
Basti posted on 25 Jun 2014 09:12:00
I think Mr Turner is definitely the best illustrator for medieval subjects Osprey has!

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