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Raymond Sheppard (1913 - 1958)

Raymond Sheppard; Artist in water-colour, black and white, oil, pastel; Born London 3 March 1913; son of Edward and Annie Sheppard.  

Married Iris Gale on December 3rd 1942; had one daughter Christine born 17 March 1944, and one son Michael born 25th July 1946.  Educated Christ’s College, Finchley, north west London.

Studied art at Bolt Court under S.G. Boxsius.

Exhibited: R.A; R.I; R.S.A;  Work reproduced regularly in publications including Lilliput ; The Studio, Picture Post, John Bull, Everybody’s ; in children’s books, nature books and calendars.

Raymond 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 1949. 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.

Publications: How to Draw Birds (first published by Studio in 1940), Drawing at the Zoo (1949 Studio), More Birds to Draw (Studio 1956).
Lived in Kenton and then Harrow Weald, Middx.
Clubs: Chelsea Arts, Langham Sketch.

Raymond Sheppard died in London of cancer in 1958 with which he had battled since 1949. He also 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..

 Had Raymond Sheppard lived beyond his mid 40s his reputation
as one of the foremost illustrators of his generation might have
been secured – his premature death resulted in his name sinking
into obscurity for half a century.
Only his prolific career as an illustrator (nearly 100 children’s
books in the single decade following the end of WW2) has prevented
his name from disappearing altogether and secured him a
credible place in the standard reference works of the period. What
has never been appreciated before is the remarkable diversity of
Raymond Sheppard’s oeuvre. Aside from his more familiar studies
of wildlife his studio has revealed a series of remarkable portraits,
thrilling boy’s-own period illustrations, plein air seascapes,
landscapes, views of the Thames and surreal compositions, which
at times verge on abstraction. All have in common Sheppard’s
stated aim to express his inner emotion:
“...that peculiar, unexplainable tightening inside that makes you
want to laugh sometimes, sometimes to sing and dance for joy, and
sometimes just a little sad.

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Artist Raymond Sheppard: Lion attacking Rhino
Raymond Sheppard
Lion attacking Rhino  For sale
£875
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Rhino head
Raymond Sheppard
Rhino head  For sale
£330
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Rhino sleeping
Raymond Sheppard
Rhino sleeping  For sale
£675
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Story board - Panic Party, Gun crew lying motionless, Periscope Up, Firing at U-Boat, Flooded Vessel, circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Story board - Panic Party  For sale
£400
Artist Raymond Sheppard: H.M.S. Goliath and The end of the Konisberg
Raymond Sheppard
H.M.S. Goliath and The end of the...  For sale
£410
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Serval
Raymond Sheppard
Serval  For sale
£1070
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Cristine imploring
Raymond Sheppard
Cristine imploring  For sale
£345
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Studies of an Impala
Raymond Sheppard
Studies of an Impala  For sale
£1250
Artist Raymond Sheppard: North Sea Incident, 1957
Raymond Sheppard
North Sea Incident, 1957  For sale
£860
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Christine and Teddy Bear, c. 1950s
Raymond Sheppard
Christine and Teddy Bear, c. 1950s  For sale
£1700
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Crsitine seated on a stool with doll caled Sylvie c. 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Crsitine seated on a stool with doll...  For sale
£1290
Artist Raymond Sheppard: The Adventures of René Cutforth, c. 1956
Raymond Sheppard
The Adventures of René Cutforth  For sale
£1070
Artist Raymond Sheppard: End of a sea raider, circa 1957
Raymond Sheppard
End of a sea raider, circa 1957  For sale
£1540
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Micheal with toy car, circa 1952
Raymond Sheppard
Micheal with toy car, circa 1952  For sale
£1580
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Monarch of the Glen, circa 1935
Raymond Sheppard
Monarch of the Glen, circa 1935  For sale
£1250
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Chipperfield Common Herts, circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Chipperfield Common Herts, circa 1950  For sale
£990
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of Tiger
Raymond Sheppard
Study of Tiger  For sale
£1450
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Polar Bear, glancing right
Raymond Sheppard
Polar Bear, glancing right  For sale
£860
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Donkeys
Raymond Sheppard
Donkeys  For sale
£1650
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Portrait of young girl, head and shoulders, late 1940s
Raymond Sheppard
Portrait of young girl  For sale
£670
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Polar Bear
Raymond Sheppard
Polar Bear  For sale
£730
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of Cockerels
Raymond Sheppard
Study of Cockerels  For sale
£975
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of a Tiger
Raymond Sheppard
Study of a Tiger  For sale
£1850
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Sea Forms, circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Sea Forms, circa 1950  For sale
£2150
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Self Portrait with the artists daughter Christine, c.1950
Raymond Sheppard
Self Portrait with the artist's...  For sale
£630
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Leave it to Jones, 1956
Raymond Sheppard
Leave it to Jones, 1956  For sale
£1520
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Sheet with two portraits of Christine, one profile one 3/4 view circa 1951
Raymond Sheppard
Sheet with two portraits of Christine  For sale
£860
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Christine Sketching at the Kitchen, at 25 Dorchester Way, circa 1952
Raymond Sheppard
Christine Sketching at the Kitchen  For sale
£2050
Artist Raymond Sheppard: A speeding train hurled into another....
Raymond Sheppard
A speeding train hurled into...  For sale
£750
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Christine Seated with teddy, circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Christine Seated with teddy, circa 1950  For sale
£725
Artist Raymond Sheppard: The Artists Wife Iris Llistening to the Wireless
Raymond Sheppard
The Artist's Wife Iris Llistening to...  For sale
£1080
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of a Rhino head
Raymond Sheppard
Study of a Rhino head  Reserved 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Fish in a trap, circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Fish in a trap, circa 1950  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Portrait of Lopatkin, amateur inventor, circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Portrait of Lopatkin  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: North sea incident - Attack on the Fleet
Raymond Sheppard
North sea incident - Attack on the...  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: a ship sunk to block the channel and The Henry-Farman plane
Raymond Sheppard
a ship sunk to block the channel and...  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Indian Bull Frog (Rana Tigrina), circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Indian Bull Frog (Rana Tigrina)  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Studies of a hippopotamus
Raymond Sheppard
Studies of a hippopotamus  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Rooks in a cage
Raymond Sheppard
Rooks in a cage  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Hippopotamus
Raymond Sheppard
Hippopotamus  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Dream Forms, c. 1940s
Raymond Sheppard
Dream Forms, c. 1940s  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Women Walking, signed, 1940s
Raymond Sheppard
Women Walking, signed, 1940s  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Caravan in the Woods, dated March 4th 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Caravan in the Woods  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Michael and Christine With Toys and Books, c. 1950s
Raymond Sheppard
Michael and Christine With Toys and...  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Crossing the Alps, c. 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Crossing the Alps, c. 1950  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Nets ad Lobster pots, Mudford, near Christchurch, Dorset,C, 1950s
Raymond Sheppard
Nets ad Lobster pots  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Groynes and Shoreline
Raymond Sheppard
Groynes and Shoreline  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Christine seated on a stool, c. 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Christine seated on a stool, c. 1950  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Self Portrait, glancing to left, circa 1940
Raymond Sheppard
Self Portrait  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Self Portrait, 1941
Raymond Sheppard
Self Portrait, 1941  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Reginald Alexander John Warneford Attacking Zeppelin LZ-39
Raymond Sheppard
Reginald Alexander John Warneford...  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of Iris sleeping, mid 1940s
Raymond Sheppard
Study of Iris sleeping, mid 1940's  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Christine, seated reading, with portraitof Micheal to upper, c.1951
Raymond Sheppard
Christine  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Chicken roosts, c.1940
Raymond Sheppard
Chicken roosts, c.1940  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Hengistbury Head
Raymond Sheppard
Hengistbury Head  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of feet
Raymond Sheppard
Study of feet  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: The Artists father-in-law smoking a pipe
Raymond Sheppard
The Artist's father-in-law smoking a...  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Estuary
Raymond Sheppard
Estuary  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Swans
Raymond Sheppard
Swans  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Cockrel
Raymond Sheppard
Cockrel  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Two Leopards Courting - circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Two Leopards Courting - circa 1950  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Mudeford, Near Christchurch Dorset, 1950s
Raymond Sheppard
Mudeford  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Field with Ponies possibly Bushy, Herts (S|R 45)
Raymond Sheppard
Field with Ponies possibly Bushy  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Borrowed gun for Liliput illustration The Gun, 1950s, (S|R 57)
Raymond Sheppard
Borrowed gun for Liliput...  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of a Macaw late 1940s (S|R 75)
Raymond Sheppard
Study of a Macaw late 1940's (S|R 75)  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Self Portrait Sketching, 1935
Raymond Sheppard
Self Portrait Sketching, 1935  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Holiday Huts, Dorset beach
Raymond Sheppard
Holiday Huts, Dorset beach  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Surrey Commercial Docks ,circa 1940
Raymond Sheppard
Surrey Commercial Docks ,circa 1940  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Circus circa 1940
Raymond Sheppard
Circus circa 1940  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Self portrait circa 1930
Raymond Sheppard
Self portrait circa 1930  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Ploughing circa 1940
Raymond Sheppard
Ploughing circa 1940  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of a cockrel
Raymond Sheppard
Study of a cockrel  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Portrait of Michael, circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Portrait of Michael, circa 1950  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Primeval Forms, 1940s
Raymond Sheppard
Primeval Forms, 1940s  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Ivory Coast masks from the Natural History Museum 1950s (S|R 58)
Raymond Sheppard
Ivory Coast masks from the Natural...  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: St Pauls Under Attack from Zeppelin LZ-38 1915
Raymond Sheppard
St Paul's Under Attack from Zeppelin...  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Morane Saulnier no. 3253 piloted by Reginald Alexander John Warneford attacking Zeppelin LZ-37, north of Ostend 1915
Raymond Sheppard
Morane Saulnier no. 3253 piloted by...  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Toucan c. 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Toucan c. 1950  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Organic Forms, 1940s
Raymond Sheppard
Organic Forms, 1940s  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Brown Bears, Regents Park Zoo, late 1930s
Raymond Sheppard
Brown Bears  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: The Great Flight, 1952
Raymond Sheppard
The Great Flight, 1952  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Portrait of Christine, circa 1950 (S|R 69)
Raymond Sheppard
Portrait of Christine  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Leopard and head of a lion, c. 1940
Raymond Sheppard
Leopard and head of a lion, c. 1940  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: The Tarn, France c.1944
Raymond Sheppard
The Tarn, France c.1944  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Night Forms, c.1940
Raymond Sheppard
Night Forms, c.1940  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: High Level Aeriel Photos, circa 1957
Raymond Sheppard
High Level Aeriel Photos, circa 1957  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Crash in Flames, circa 1957
Raymond Sheppard
Crash in Flames, circa 1957  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: The Artist’s Children at Play, circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
The Artist’s Children at Play  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Abstract, circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Abstract, circa 1950  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Polar Bears, circa 1950
Raymond Sheppard
Polar Bears, circa 1950  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Two Cubs Eyeing Sparrows in London Zoo
Raymond Sheppard
Two Cubs Eyeing Sparrows in London Zoo  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Marabou Storks
Raymond Sheppard
Marabou Storks  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Still life of Peublo Navaho and Avache ceramics, late 1930s
Raymond Sheppard
Still life of Peublo Navaho and...  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: The Quantock Hills circa 1930
Raymond Sheppard
The Quantock Hills circa 1930  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Lion stalking zebras 1934
Raymond Sheppard
Lion stalking zebras 1934  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Cruise Boat and Sail Boat at Wapping, circa 1930
Raymond Sheppard
Cruise Boat and Sail Boat at Wapping  Sold 
Artist Raymond Sheppard: Polar Bears, circa 1934
Raymond Sheppard
Polar Bears, circa 1934  Sold