Rex Turner's diplomatic career as a British Commercial Secretary first took him to Darmstadt, Germany, in 1904-1906. Further postings included Denmark during part of WWI, Greece, Persia, Italy, Egypt, and Austria. He was in Vienna at the time of the Anschluss and died the same year in Brussels. In 1918 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for his service in the British armed forces. Several ancient sculptures in his collection depict the female form.
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