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George Henry Sheringham (1884-1937)

Painter and theatrical designer, born in Marylebone, London. He entered the Slade School of Fine Art where he studied between 1899-1901, furthering his studies privately with artist Harry Becker, 1901-04. Sheringham spent time in Paris where he held his first solo exhibition in 1905 before travelling to Algeria, Portugal, Belgium and in Brittany. On his return to Britain he held his first show in London at the Brook Street Art Gallery in 1908 and earned his living designing posters and teaching. In 1910 he staged his first showing of decorative fans and silk panels at the Ryder Gallery to great acclaim by the Studio Magazine and thereafter launched a successful career as a decorative designer, theatrical designer and illustrator. He was a member of the Pastel Society and by 1915 had begun to illustrate books. 

In 1924 he began a long association with theatre impresario Nigel Playfair at London's Lyric Theatre which in turn led to commissions for other theatre venues including the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. 
His poster designs were commissioned by London Transport and in 1931 he was responsible for the decoration of Claridges Ballroom. After 1932 ill-health led him to concentrate on still-life painting. 

His other exhibiting venues included Chenil Gallery, Fine Art Society, Goupil Gallery, International Society of Sculptors, Painters & Gravers, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Leicester Galleries, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, Paris Salon, Royal Academy, Redfern Gallery, Ridley Art Club, Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Scottish Academy and Walker's Gallery. Sheringham was one of the first recipients of the Royal Designers for Industry award in 1937 and examples of his work are held in the collections of Bewdley Museum, British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Gallery Oldham, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Laing Art Gallery, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Southampton Art Gallery, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and abroad. Sheringham married the artist Harriett Sibyl Meugens.

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