In addition to portraits, the oeuvre of Franc Berneker includes several maquettes for gravestones and monuments. Between 1908 and 1918, he made a number of such designs, adopting realist social themes (following the example of Constantin Meunier), but failed to receive any commissions.
Dr Pavel Turner was a journalist, educator and patron of the arts. Turner, who was considered one of the most broadly knowledgeable Slovenes at the time, supported Berneker for three years during his studies in Vienna and helped him with commissions. In 1903, Turner left Vienna and settled in Maribor. He was committed to education and left an endowment to the University of Ljubljana upon his death in 1924.
A full-figure male nude stands on a raised pedestal, studying a book resting on a lectern; he holds the book open with his left hand, while the lowered right hand holds an extinguished torch. A profile of the patron – Dr Turner – is portrayed in shallow relief on the front of the lectern.