St. Davids, Pembrokeshire
fine art painting
fine art painting
fine art painting

Raymond Sheppard 1913 - 1958

English ( b.1913 - d.1958 )

St. Davids, Pembrokeshire

  • Oil on board
  • Signed lower right

Image size 11.4 inches x 15.4 inches ( 29cm x 39cm )
Frame size 15.7 inches x 19.7 inches ( 40cm x 50cm )

£1,595.00

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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Raymond Sheppard, dating from around 1940.
The painting is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame. The original backboard and label have been retained.
Previously with Liss Fine Art, London.
The painting features in the book “Raymond Sheppard” by Paul Liss, Cat. 5, page 22, published by Liss Fine Art.

A British painter of landscapes and nature subjects in oil, pastel and watercolour, Raymond Sheppard was born in London on 3rd March 1913.
He was educated at Christ’s College, Finchley, and then studied at the London County Council Bolt Court art school under the acclaimed printmaker S.G. Boxius.

He spent a great deal of time drawing at the London Zoo and in the Natural History museum, South Kensington. When he was 21 he became a free-lance artist, illustrating books on natural history and other books with animals as the main subject. His works also appeared in many children’s books and calendars. He taught for 3 years at the London School of Printing and during World War Two he was attached to the RAF Photographic Section.

In 1942, he married Iris Gale and they subsequently had a daughter and a son. After the war his success continued and his work was exhibited in the major London galleries. He was a popular illustrator for several magazines and publications such a Lilliput, The Studio, Picture Post, and John Bull. His love of nature was enduring and he produced many studies of birds and animals; in 1949 was made a Fellow of the Zoological Society.

Sheppard was both talented and versatile; he also painted landscapes and family portraits, and became a founder member of the Wapping Arts Group, a group of artists who sketched and painted by and around the river Thames in London, which was formed just before WW2 but did not start in earnest until 1946. He was also a member of Chelsea Arts and Langham Sketch Clubs.

His major publications were: How to Draw Birds (first published by Studio in 1940), Drawing at the Zoo (1949 Studio), More Birds to Draw (Studio 1956).

Sheppard lived in Kenton and then Harrow Weald, Middlesex. He died on 21st August 1958 in London of cancer with which he had battled since 1949.

Despite long periods of ill health and the interruption of the War years he was, nevertheless, prolific in demonstrating his wide range of artistic ability as a master draughtsman, illustrator, and landscape and wildlife artist.

This striking original oil on board depicts the coastline of St. David’s (also called St. Davids) in Pembrokeshire. St. David’s is a beautiful and unique city surrounded by some of the most spectacular coastline in Europe. The city is the smallest in Britain in terms of both size and population, and lies on the River Alun, on St. David’s Peninsula.

The image is impressionist in style and shows the rugged rocks of the shoreline in deep pinks, topped with green, tumbling down into a restless deep blue sea. Other darker rocks jut out from the water, with the waves swirling all around them.