Sidney Horne Shepherd, Reclining Female Nude - Mid-20th-century chalk drawing


An original mid-20th-century chalk drawing, Sidney Horne Shepherd Reclining Female Nude.

A striking female nude by Sidney Horne Shepherd (1909-1993) which shows the artist's characteristic attention to body shape and pose.

Brown and white chalk on blue sugar paper. There is an additional signed charcoal sketch of a female on the verso, as shown.

Signed lower right.
There is some minor age toning and the sugar paper is somewhat brittle, with a number of short repaired tears to the edges at the top, bottom and right. Minor staining to the paper lower centre, as shown.
24.8cm x 36.7cm.

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-190

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