The Camden Town Group in Context

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John Doman Turner Letter to James Bolivar Manson 30 October 1913

John Doman Turner 'Letter to James Bolivar Manson' 30 October 1913
John Doman Turner c.1873–1938
Letter to James Bolivar Manson 30 October 1913
Tate Archive TGA 806/10/6
John Doman Turner became involved with the Camden Town Group through his friendship with Spencer Gore, who taught him in a series of thirty letters from 1908 to 1913. Doman Turner was shy and unsure of his abilities, however, and did not attend many of the group’s meetings owing to deafness.
When a new society, soon to be called the London Group, was formed in October 1913, all associates of the Camden Town and Fitzroy Street groups were given immediate membership. In this letter Doman Turner seems surprised to be included in the new group and unsure about voting for members. He seems to agree to join the group in his next letter but then quickly resigned, perhaps because of shyness, or because he was completing very little work, or owing to artistic differences with some members (TGA 806/10/6 and TGA 806/10/6). See also TGA 806/1/927 and TGA 806/1/928.

Helena Bonett
August 2011


              [Letterhead:] “BRACONDALE,”
               63, DOWNTON AVENUE,
                STREATHAM HILL, S.W.
Dear Mr. Manson,
 I think you must have sent me the list of artists by mistake, as I am not a member of Fitzroy Street.
 It would be impossible to vote fairly, in any case, as the artistic work of several members is not known to me.
 Hoping you are quite well & strong, & wishing the Society every possible success.
  Yours faithfully,
   J. Doman Turner
J.B. Manson Esq.

How to cite

John Doman Turner, Letter to James Bolivar Manson, 30 October 1913, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012,, accessed 24 May 2024.