Abstract, circa 1950
Framed (ref: 555)
Pen and ink, watercolour and gouache, 12 x 16 1/2 in. (30.5 x 42 cm.)
Tags: Raymond Sheppard
Provenance: Christine Sheppard, the artist’s daughter
best known as an illustrator, especially of magazines such as Lilliput,
Picture Post and The Studio as well as of children’s books, Sheppard
was one of the most gifted painters of wildlife of his generation. He
was also an extremely diverse artist, producing semi-abstract and
surrealist images alongside those of a purely realistic nature.
abstract works probably date to the late 1940s and early 1950s. Organic
in form, they were a natural extension of the interest he had in plants
and animals, but are likely to have been equally informed by his work
with the Royal Air Force photographic section from 1939 to 1945.