Literature: Raymond Sheppard, Capturing the Moment, Langford Press, reproduced in colour, as The Sunday Afternoon Outing, p. 157.
EH Gombrich references Raymond Sheppard’s ‘How to Draw Birds’, and includes a reproduction of one of his drawings, in his celebrated treatise ‘Art and Illusion’, (1960).
Born London 3 March 1913, Raymond Sheppard was an artist in water-colour, black and white, oil, and pastel.
Studied art at Bolt Court under S.G. Boxsius.
R.A; R.I; R.S.A and his work was reproduced regularly in publications
including Lilliput ; The Studio, Picture Post, John Bull, Everybody’s ;
in children’s books, nature books and calendars.
Iris Gale on December 3rd 1942; had one daughter Christine born 17
March 1944, and one son Michael born 25th July 1946. All feature
frequently as the models in his work. Lived in Kenton and then Harrow
He 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..
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
Publications: How to Draw Birds (first
published by Studio in 1940), Drawing at the Zoo (1949 Studio), More
Birds to Draw (Studio 1956).
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.
Sheppard died in London of cancer in 1958 with which he had battled
Rayond Sheppards work has recently undergone a major
reassessment being the subject of a number of museum and commercial
shows and featured in the Langford Press coffee table book “Raymond
Sheppard:Capturing the Moment”(2009).