20th Century British Art

Raymond Sheppard (1913 - 1958)

Raymond Sheppard; Artist in water-colour, black and white, oil, pastel; Born London 3 March 1913; son of Edward and Annie Sheppard.  

Married Iris Gale on December 3rd 1942; had one daughter Christine born 17 March 1944, and one son Michael born 25th July 1946.  Educated Christ’s College, Finchley, north west London.

Studied art at Bolt Court under S.G. Boxsius.

Exhibited: R.A; R.I; R.S.A;  Work reproduced regularly in publications including Lilliput ; The Studio, Picture Post, John Bull, Everybody’s ; in children’s books, nature books and calendars.

Raymond Sheppard produced many studies of birds and animals from life, mainly at Regents Park Zoo and was made a Fellow of the Zoological Society in 1949. He also painted landscapes, family portraits, in watercolour, oil, and pastels . He was 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.

Publications: How to Draw Birds (first published by Studio in 1940), Drawing at the Zoo (1949 Studio), More Birds to Draw (Studio 1956).
Lived in Kenton and then Harrow Weald, Middx.
Clubs: Chelsea Arts, Langham Sketch.

Raymond Sheppard died in London of cancer in 1958 with which he had battled since 1949. He also served in the RAF photographic section during the WW2. 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..

 Had Raymond Sheppard lived beyond his mid 40s his reputation
as one of the foremost illustrators of his generation might have
been secured – his premature death resulted in his name sinking
into obscurity for half a century.
Only his prolific career as an illustrator (nearly 100 children’s
books in the single decade following the end of WW2) has prevented
his name from disappearing altogether and secured him a
credible place in the standard reference works of the period. What
has never been appreciated before is the remarkable diversity of
Raymond Sheppard’s oeuvre. Aside from his more familiar studies
of wildlife his studio has revealed a series of remarkable portraits,
thrilling boy’s-own period illustrations, plein air seascapes,
landscapes, views of the Thames and surreal compositions, which
at times verge on abstraction. All have in common Sheppard’s
stated aim to express his inner emotion:
“...that peculiar, unexplainable tightening inside that makes you
want to laugh sometimes, sometimes to sing and dance for joy, and
sometimes just a little sad.

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Artist Raymond Sheppard: Lion attacking Rhino

Raymond Sheppard
Lion attacking Rhino
£875
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Rhino head

Raymond Sheppard
Rhino head
£330
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Rhino sleeping

Raymond Sheppard
Rhino sleeping
£675
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Story board - Panic Party, Gun crew lying motionless, Periscope Up, Firing at U-Boat, Flooded Vessel, circa 1950

Raymond Sheppard
Story board - Panic Party
£400
Artist Raymond Sheppard: H.M.S. Goliath and The end of the Konisberg

Raymond Sheppard
H.M.S. Goliath and The end of the...
£410
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Serval

Raymond Sheppard
Serval
£1070
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Cristine imploring

Raymond Sheppard
Cristine imploring
£345
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Studies of an Impala

Raymond Sheppard
Studies of an Impala
£1250
Artist Raymond Sheppard: North Sea Incident, 1957

Raymond Sheppard
North Sea Incident, 1957
£860
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Christine and Teddy Bear, c. 1950s

Raymond Sheppard
Christine and Teddy Bear, c. 1950s
£1700
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Crsitine seated on a stool with doll caled Sylvie c. 1950

Raymond Sheppard
Crsitine seated on a stool with doll...
£1290
Artist Raymond Sheppard: The Adventures of René Cutforth, c. 1956

Raymond Sheppard
The Adventures of René Cutforth
£1070
Artist Raymond Sheppard: End of a sea raider, circa 1957

Raymond Sheppard
End of a sea raider, circa 1957
£1540
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Micheal with toy car, circa 1952

Raymond Sheppard
Micheal with toy car, circa 1952
£1580
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Monarch of the Glen, circa 1935

Raymond Sheppard
Monarch of the Glen, circa 1935
£1250
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Chipperfield Common Herts, circa 1950

Raymond Sheppard
Chipperfield Common Herts, circa 1950
£990
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of Tiger

Raymond Sheppard
Study of Tiger
£1450
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Polar Bear, glancing right

Raymond Sheppard
Polar Bear, glancing right
£860
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Donkeys

Raymond Sheppard
Donkeys
£1650
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Portrait of young girl, head and shoulders, late 1940s

Raymond Sheppard
Portrait of young girl
£670
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Polar Bear

Raymond Sheppard
Polar Bear
£730
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of Cockerels

Raymond Sheppard
Study of Cockerels
£975
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of a Tiger

Raymond Sheppard
Study of a Tiger
£1850
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Sea Forms, circa 1950

Raymond Sheppard
Sea Forms, circa 1950
£2150
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Self Portrait with the artists daughter Christine, c.1950

Raymond Sheppard
Self Portrait with the artist's...
£630
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Leave it to Jones, 1956

Raymond Sheppard
Leave it to Jones, 1956
£1520
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Sheet with two portraits of Christine, one profile one 3/4 view circa 1951

Raymond Sheppard
Sheet with two portraits of Christine
£860
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Christine Sketching at the Kitchen, at 25 Dorchester Way, circa 1952

Raymond Sheppard
Christine Sketching at the Kitchen
£2050
Artist Raymond Sheppard: A speeding train hurled into another....

Raymond Sheppard
A speeding train hurled into...
£750
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Christine Seated with teddy, circa 1950

Raymond Sheppard
Christine Seated with teddy, circa 1950
£725
Artist Raymond Sheppard: The Artists Wife Iris Llistening to the Wireless

Raymond Sheppard
The Artist's Wife Iris Llistening to...
£1080
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of a Rhino head

Raymond Sheppard
Study of a Rhino headReserved