Raymond Sheppard: Polar Bear - on British Abstract Art



Raymond Sheppard:
Polar Bear

Passe-partout (ref: 3391)
Chalk and pastel on grey paper
10 1/2 x 9 in. (26.7 x 23 cm.)
Stain to left hand margin

Tags: Raymond Sheppard chalk pastel farms/domestic animals

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.

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