Quieter Times.
retrospective exhibition of the works of
Scott and Dorothy Turnbull

   The family friends of Scott and Dorothy Turnbull are pleased to present a selection of the couple’s fascinating works dating from the from 1910 through to 1975.

  Scotty started training in the RFC on the first of April 1918, probably in Ontario Canada where he joined the aviation school. He was training in the Royal Flying Corps just as it became the RAF. He survived the First World War so in this, the 100th commemorative year of his joining the RFC and the centenary of the start of the RAF it is fitting that these works are brought together for display for the first and possibly only time.

   These paintings are not for sale but visitors are welcome to take photographs and reproduce them as they wish but a small contribution to RAF charities would be appreciated.
Also in aid RAF charities of we have a selection of cards of some of the pictures available to buy.  There probably will not be any at the museum, but I'll make them available if you email me.

   We hope you enjoy this exhibition in memory of ‘Scotty’ and all who served in the RFC. They were people who had lives before the great war, won through it and a few went on with their lives afterwards.

Andrew Scott Turnbull

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Dorothy and Scotty. Unknown location.
A right angle view of the Farm.
A view of a farm near Woolacombe Bay in Dorset
These pages are being developed and may not be accurate yet. Much of it is speculation, extrapolation, guesswork and rumour. Anyone with more, or more accurate, information please email me. Jim.
Apple blossom
The paintings of Andrew Scott Turnbull :-

Apple Orchard

 32"x 38" wide including frame

Oil on Canvas  

loaned by Josephine Hewlett

 Devon Farm. Looking South .

24” x 36” including frame 
Oil on Canvas. 
Early 1960s

Believed to be in the Woolacombe bay area of Devon and seen at a right angle from the next picture down.

 loaned by Jim Hewlett

Devon Farm. Looking West.

24” x 36” including frame 
Oil on Canvas. 
Early 1960s

Believed to be in the Woolacombe bay area of Devon and seen at a right angle from the next picture up.
The boy with the barrow, was about 10, and would now be about 100. He is Scotty's son Ian. We have been unable to trace him except that he joined the Army for the second World war and played Rugby for the London Scottish. In his early years Ian was living with the Hewlett family.

loaned by Jim Hewlett

Mountain scene. Unknown Swiss location that the Turnbull family visited for holidays. The light was considered excellent for painting. 

16” x 19” wide  
Oil on Canvas. 
Early 1960s

loaned by J Hewlett

​Vase with wild flowers in window. From the background and the species of flowers this is probably from the Woolacombe bay hotel in Devon. Dorothy and Scotty would occasionally take rooms there. We suspect this was from the early 60's

17" by 20" wide

Oil on Canvas

Loaned by Rosalind Lovell 

The Turnbull family lived in St Albans. If anyone has information about them or maybe even have further paintings produced by the couple we would be very interested to hear from them. In particular we would like to trace a fine portrait that that Scotty painted of his wife in the early years of their marriage.


Andrew Scott Turnbull  1900 - 1980  

​ Working at first as a bank clerk, in the early 20th century Andrew Scott Turnbull, known as Scotty, was a talented young artist with a promising career ahead of him. It appears his Civil Servant father disapproved of such frivolous activities and the family lost contact with him.

  Joining in Ontario, at about the age of 18 Scotty trained as a pilot in the latter part the First World War in the Royal Flying Corps as it became the RAF. Based in the UK his service number was 173914.

He was about to start a commissioned ceiling  painting for the newly formed Royal Air Force Club at 128 Piccadilly, London when its last minute cancellation caused him to decide not to sell any of his paintings, but to give them away.

   He was a contemporary and close friend of Augustus John (some 20 years older than Scott) with whom he shared a studio 

   Although he continued to paint during the First World War and on through to the 1970s, after his war time experience his decision to not sell any of his work resulted in his not being remembered for his art. Perhaps this exhibition will change that.

   His many paintings are held by his friends. Many were passed on to the Hewlett family by Elizabeth McAlpine (nee Wilkinson) a life long friend from Low Hill Farm in Hampshire. We believe that many others were retained by Dorothy, and passed to Ian, his son. After that we lose track of them.

   His paintings depict rural and coastal scenes in a Post-Impressionist style which is as fresh today as when they were painted. 
​Scott and Dorothy Turnbull in  their later years. The photo is believed to be taken at 'the big house' on Elizabeth MacAlpine's Low Hill Farm in Hampshire around 1980