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.
‘I remember 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).