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Rupert Shephard (1909 -1992) - 1970 Oil, The Artist's Daughter

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A fine 20th Century portrait of the artist's daughter, sitting in a chair, holding a doll. The artist has captured a quiet maturity in the young girl, clearly painted by someone who loved and knew her well. The artist has signed and dated to the lower right corner and the painting has been attractively presented in a rustic layered grey frame. There is a label at the reverse with the artist's details. On canvas.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. The frame has general surface scuffing and dirtying.


60 x 45cm (23.6" x 17.7")
Framed Size: 78 x 63cm (30.7" x 24.8")

Artist Biography

Shepherd was born in Islington, the son of an engineer and a charity worker, who were both Quakers and keen amateur artists. He attended Repton School, before studying at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1926 to 1929. After graduating from the Slade, Shepherd taught at Raynes Park County School whilst painting at night and often in pubs and music halls. Throughout 1937 to 1939 Shepherd exhibited with the founding members of the Euston Road School, William Coldstream, Claude Rogers and Victor Pasmore at the Storran Gallery whilst continuing to exhibit with the London Group. Shepherd held his first solo exhibition at the Calman Gallery in 1939.

From 1940 to 1943, Shepherd worked as an industrial draughtsman but continued to paint and submitted several paintings, on industrial production topics, to the War Artists' Advisory Committee, WAAC. In the spring of 1945, WAAC offered Shepherd a full-time contract with the Ministry of War Transport, which he completed with a number of scenes painted in London.

From 1946 to 1948 Shepherd taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. In 1942, Shepherd had married his first wife, the daughter of a British businessman based in South Africa and in 1948 the couple moved to Cape Town with their children. In 1965 Shepherd married Nicolette Macnamara, an artist, whose sister, Caitlin, was the widow of Dylan Thomas.In 1972 Shepherd was elected to Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Shepherd continued to paint portraits and exhibition pieces but failing eyesight ended his career in 1990 and two years later he died of cancer in London.
Collections holding works by Rupert Shepherd include the Imperial War Museum, the RAF Museum, the National Portrait Gallery,[8] and the British Museum.

More Information
Code qz575
Artist Rupert Shephard (1909 -1992)
Date 1970
Dimensions 60 x 45cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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