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The Battle of Barnet, 14th April 1471

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THE BATTLE OF BARNET - a major new painting by Graham Turner

After months of intense painting, Graham Turner's latest big project, a large oil painting of the Battle of Barnet, was unveiled to much acclaim at the Barnet Medieval Festival.

Below are links to his Painting Diary, which follows the creation of this major work, and a Details section, which includes larger images and details about what is included in the painting.
The Battle of Barnet
Battle of Barnet print

Graham Turner's painting of the Battle of Barnett is available as a high quality print - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Battle of Barnet print
ORIGINAL PAINTING - Graham Turner's original oil painting is available to purchase - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Follow the creation of Graham Turner's new painting of the Battle of Barnet as it takes shape, by following his 'Painting Diary' - CLICK HERE

A painting of this size and complexity cannot really be fully appreciated viewed as a small image on a computer monitor, so to give a better indication of the amount of detail in the painting, CLICK HERE to see a selection of larger close up images taken from it.

Each image is accompanied by details of what is shown, revealing some of the immense amount of research behind this painting.

Below are details of other prints from paintings of the Battle of Barnet by Graham Turner.
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Battle of Barnet, Wars of the Roses - Medieval Art print by Graham Turner Challenge in the Mist Ref: CM-28

At dawn on Easter Sunday, 14th April 1471, the armies of Edward IV and his one time ally, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, confronted each other near Barnet, 10 miles outside London.

A thick fog enveloped the battlefield, causing the opposing forces to misalign - Edward's right wing overlapping Warwick's left and visa versa. In the struggle that followed, the Yorkist left was outflanked and crumbled, its remnants being pursued off the field by the Earl of Oxford's men. However, when Oxford managed to regroup some of his force and return to the fray, the misalignment of the armies had caused the whole battle line to rotate and in the confusion, they found themselves engaged against their allies.

A cry of treason threw the Lancastrians into disarray and in the ensuing rout the Earl of Warwick met his end as he tried to reach his horse.

At Barnet, as at Tewkesbury two weeks later, the Yorkist vanguard was commanded by Edward's 19 year old brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. He was involved in some of the heaviest fighting - being slightly wounded himself - and he would later have several of his retainers remembered in prayers, 'slayn in his service at the batalles of Bernett, Tekysbery or at any other feldes'.

Graham Turner's painting shows Richard with his standard bearer as they strain to see the enemy, apprehension mixed with excitement as they anticipate the slaughter that is to come.

Open Edition Print published from an oil painting.

Overall print size, including border - 17"x 20.5" (43cm x 52cm)

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For close up detail image of print, CLICK HERE
Price: 28.00

Canvas Print

This painting is also available reproduced on canvas - just like the original painting - CLICK HERE for details.
Battle of Barnet, Wars of the Roses - Medieval Art canvas print by Graham Turner
Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, Wars of the Roses - Medieval Greeting Card by Graham TurnerGREETING CARDS

Graham Turner's painting of Richard, Duke of Gloucester at the Battle of Barnet is also available as a Greeting Card - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
'Mother, I commend myself to you and let you know, blessed be God, my brother John is alive and fares well, and in no peril of death. Nevertheless he is hurt with an arrow on his right arm beneath the elbow, and I have sent him a surgeon which has dressed him, and he tells me that he trusts that he shall all whole within right short time.'
Sir John Paston at the Battle of Barnet, 1471 - print from a painting by Graham Turner Pastons at Barnet Ref: Gic-G302

Having allied themselves with the Earl of Oxford to help promote their own local interests, the Paston family had no alternative but follow him during the crisis of 1471, and Sir John Paston and his brother (confusingly also John) found themselves in the Earl's retinue at the battle of Barnet, on a foggy Easter Sunday, 14th April 1471.

Sir John wrote the above words in a letter to his mother on the 18th April, after they had found themselves to be on the losing side, to reassure her that although his brother had been wounded, they were safe. The remarkable surviving Paston family correspondence provides an almost unique window into this period of history, adding a personal, human element to the tumultuous events of the Wars of the Roses.

Gicle Print published from a gouache painting.

Overall print size, including border - 13"x 16.75" (325mm x 425mm) Image size 9.5"x 13" (240mm x 330mm)

Each print individually signed by the artist, Graham Turner.

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Price: 59.00

The Battle of Barnet, Wars of the Roses - Medieval Art print by Graham Turner Battle of Barnet Ref: Gic-G113

The Marquis of Montagu and men of his division spot the Earl of Oxford's troops returning through the fog to the battlefield at Barnet in 1471. Mistaking the banners as those of Yorkist King Edward would result in disaster for the Lancastrians amidst cries of treason.

Gicle Print published from a gouache painting by Graham Turner.

Each print individually printed to order on very high quality heavyweight paper, and then signed on the border by the artist.

Sizes given are approximate and include a border.

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Scroll down to see larger cropped detail image.

Available in two alternative sizes - select size required below -

Print Size
22"x 17" (56cm x 43cm) 79.00
16"x 12" (40cm x 30cm) 59.00

CLICK HERE for more information about Gicle Prints, which are individually printed on very high quality paper or canvas by the artist, Graham Turner, ensuring a print that is as close to the original painting as possible.
Detail from The Battle of Ferrybridge - print from a painting by Graham Turner


Graham Turner's eagerly anticipated book about the Wars of the Roses is due for publication in February 2024.

It includes over 120 of his paintings and drawings, many newly created, with supplementary images and a comprehensive and fascinating text that illuminates the complex, shifting course of events and the people who lived their lives through this tumultuous time.

Pre-order your signed copy now - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


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