The Artist’s Children at Play, circa 1950
Framed (ref: 556)
Watercolour over pen and ink, on Whatman board, 8 7/8 x 13 in. (22 x 33 cm.)
Provenance: Christine Sheppard, the artist’s daughter
This shows Christine, aged six, and Michael, aged four, in the sitting room of their
home, 65 Dorchester Way, Kenton, north-west London. Sheppard’s family
provided models for him, and the domestic scenes of their everyday
lives offered an endless range of subject matter.
posing many, many times for my father. Sometimes we were paid pocket
money for sittings, especially when we didn’t feel like sitting still!
I think we wanted to help our dad and were, mainly, willing. I clearly
remember the toys in the picture’ (Christine Sheppard, email to Paul
Liss, 3 May 2007).