Polar Bears, circa 1950
Framed (ref: 554)
Watercolour, 15 1/4 x 22 1/2 in. (39 x 57 cm.)
Provenance: Christine Sheppard, the artist’s daughter
Literature: ‘Drawings at the Zoo’, The Studio, 1949, p.28
Sheppard’s output as a graphic artist was prodigious, but he is less well known today than he might be, partly on account of his early death, at the age of forty-five. His remarkable studies of birds and animals from life were mainly undertaken at Regent’s Park Zoo. On the strength of these he was made a Fellow of the Zoological Society in 1949. In the same year, he published ‘Drawing at the Zoo’, one of three collaborations made with The Studio magazine.