Artist Raymond Sheppard: Study of Tiger

Artist Raymond Sheppard (1913 - 1958): Study of Tiger

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Raymond Sheppard (1913 - 1958):
Study of Tiger
Passe-partout (ref: 3859)

Black chalk with white highlights on reddish paper, 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (13.5 x 13.5 cm.)

See all works by Raymond Sheppard chalk farms/domestic animals

Provenance: Private Collection

Litterature: Raymond Sheppard, Master Illustrator, Liss Fine Art, November 2010, Cat.34

Sheppard did not have the means to travel to Africa and based most  of his drawings of animals observed at Regents Park Zoo.  On the strength of these - through which he gained a reputation as one of the finest artists in this field - 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.

EH Gombrich  references Raymond Sheppard's 'How to Draw Birds', and includes a reproduction of one of his drawings,  in his celebrated treatise 'Art and Illusion', (1960).

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.