Raymond Sheppard (1913 - 1958):
St Paul's Under Attack from Zeppelin LZ-38 1915
Framed (ref: 2577)
Extensively inscribed with printing instructions
Pen and ink on board prepared with gesso, 9 1/2 x 7 7/8 in. (24 x 20 cm.)
Literature: Raymond Sheppard, Master Illustrator, Liss Fine Art, November 2010, Cat.74
Provenance: Christine Sheppard, the artist’s daughter .
Literature: ‘Warneford,VC’, in Lilliput, March 1957, pp. 20–7.
This illustration, from 1957, was commissioned by Lilliput, a small-format British monthly magazine of humour , short stories, photographs and the arts, founded in 1937 by the photojournalist Stefan Lorant.The illustration records an important event in the FirstWorldWar , when on 31 May 1915, the LZ-38
became the first Zeppelin to bomb London: ‘we can still feel a macabre horror over the picture of a pencil-slim object slow-moving in the night-dark, licked by searchlights, seemingly immune to gunfire, slipping incredible death from its belly before gliding unharmed away’ (Lilliput).
Raymond Sheppard served with the Royal Air Force photographic section