Sidney Horne Shepherd, Reclining Female Nude & Sofa,Mid-20th-century ink drawing


An original mid-20th-century pen & ink drawing, Sidney Horne Shepherd Reclining Female Nude on Sofa.

A striking female nude reclining on a sofa by Sidney Horne Shepherd (1909-1993). The drawing shows the artist's characteristic fluidity of line and attention to body shape and pose. It has an abstract quality and preoccupation with form which recalls the work on British sculptor Henry Moore.

Signed lower right.
There is some minor age toning to the paper and the upper edge has a series of tiny nicks where the sheet appears to have been removed from a sketchbook.
22.5cm x 35cm.

This work forms part of a collection we have for sale by Scottish artist Sidney Horne Shepherd (1909-1993). Shepherd was an exceptional draughtsman, a talent he used as a starting point for exploring a great range of media, including oil, watercolour, charcoal, linocut, monoprint and mixed media works. His style is enduringly modern, and his subjects often included visually arresting nudes.

Born in Dundee, Shepherd trained at Dundee School of Art (1924-6) and then Glasgow School of Art. Having won a number of prizes and scholarships, he became Assistant Art Teacher at Glasgow 1930-2, the first of many posts and the beginning of a successful career as a beloved and inspiring teacher.

After relocating to London to complete a series of portrait commissions, he became an art lecturer at Shoreditch Training Collage in 1937, becoming senior lecturer in 1947. He went on to work at Ealing School of Art, St Martin’s School of Art and Sir John Cass School of Art up until his retirement in 1974.

He exhibited at numerous galleries in Scotland and across the UK throughout his lifetime, including the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Institute of Fine Arts, Leicester Gallery, Redfern Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum. His work is in many private and public collections both nationally and internationally, including the V&A London; McManus Galleries, Dundee; the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; and Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand.

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Product code: JM-193

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