British painter and printmaker
Today an unexpected posting. In an attempt cleaning up my pictures archive anticipating the arrival of a new computer I found a stray picture of a London Bobby created around 1975. And following my stream of consciousness on a very rainy day I tried finding some more about the maker.
Born in Islington he studied at London’s Slade School of Art 1926-29 under Henry Tonks and British impressionist Phillip Wilson Steer (1860-1942). Fellow students (class mates?) were William Townsend (1909-1973), Nicolette Macnamara (1911-1987) and Anthony Devas (1911-1958).
South Bank by painter William Townsend.
Shephard, after the war, spent 15 years in South Africa as Professor of Fine Art at the University of Capetown. He returned to London in 1963.
This explaining the wonderful colorful woodblock prints with African scenes I found.
(1911-1987) married class mate Anthony Devas in 1931, to become both successful painters, in the same year exhibiting in London with Sheppard. She was also a writer, writing the autobiography "Two flamboyant fathers" about her colorfull childhood.
Nicolette by husband Anthony Devas and her sister Caitlin by lover Augustus John.
Nicolette was the younger sister of Bohemian and wild Caitlin (1913-1994), who was both the lover of the (second) son, Casper John (1903-1984), and mistress of the father, painter Augustus John (1878-1961). Casper John the later Admiral of the Fleet. The families were neighbours on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. John and his sister Gwen, 30 years before also had been students of Slade. In 1931 Caitlin married poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) after being introduced by Augustus John. In her youth Caitlin studied dance with Isodora Duncan (1877-1927). Gwen John, living in Paris, was for 10 years the muze and mistress of French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). What a times !
9 years after Anthony Devas' death Nicolette married Rupert Sheppard in 1967. The group obviously had held a close relationships because I found Ruperts portrait of Dylan Thomas dated 1940.And dated 1960 is the portrait of Julian Huxley (1887-1975) elder brother of Aldous (1894-1963)
There is also a book illustrated with his woodcut prints.
All pictures borrowed freely from the internet for friendly, educational non commercial use.