Saturday, 29 July 2017

Raymond Sheppard Auctions

Just a quick article on the auctions running at the moment

The first is an unusual drawing of a feeding lioness which is on auction at Bellmans in Billinghurst. Lot #1551 has an estimate of £150-£250 and has a description:
"Raymond Sheppard (1913-1958), Lioness, pen ink and wash, signed, inscribed on mount, unframed, 17cm x 22.5cm., DDS"
The whole auction is running on Full details are available on The Saleroom and Bellmans

Raymond Sheppard - Lioness feeding
The inscription below on the card frame says:
"To G. S. Whittet esq.
With all best wishes 
for Christmas and the new year
Raymond Sheppard"

It appears that G.S. Whittet was the Editor of the prestigious Studio magazine. Sheppard produced an article for the magazine and wrote three books for their book imprint, more on them another day,

George Sorley Whittet (1913- ?)  authored various articles for the magazine but also various books
  • Art Centres of the World. London: Michael Joseph, 1967
    Basil Alkazzi: recent paintings 1984, 1985, 1986.New York: Schiller-Wapner Galleries 1987
  • Bouquet: A Galaxy of Flower Painting London: Studio Publications 1949
  • Eduard Wiiralt.Stockholm, Eesti Raamat, [1948]
  • John Armstrong. (Preface by Whittet) London: Lords Gallery, 1963.
  • Lovers in Art London: Studio Vista, 1972
  • Mystic Dreamscapes: The Art of Basil Alkazzi Brooklyn, Conn.: Museum NECCA, New England Center for Contemporary Art, c1988.
  • Noêmia Guerra, Paris: Galerie Jacques Massol (Préface par Georges S. Whittet), 1966.
  • Vincent and William Apap: sculpture and painting (Grabowski Gallery (London))
    Malta: Progress Press, 1962.
  • "Horses in art" in Horses, horses, horses, horses.London: Paul Hamlyn [1962]
  • "The ship in art" in Ships by Robina Farbrother. London: Paul Hamlyn, [1963]

Date: 02 Aug 2017 11:00 BST
Estimate: £150-£250
Where: Bellmans

The second auction is from Burstow & Hewett (in Battle) and available via The Saleroom. It's a nice watercolour of Michael and Christine, Sheppard's children, posing on the floor of "the front room" together with a black and white sketch of young Michael reaching the door handle

Raymond Sheppard - Michael and Christine
plus Michael reaching for the door handle
Lot #326 is described:
Raymond Sheppard (1913-1958), watercolour, Michael and Christine in the front room, circa 1950, 10'' x 14'', framed.

Date: 02 Aug 2017 14:00 BST
Estimate: £200-£300
Where: Burstow & Hewett

Four items by Raymond Sheppard
And lastly a collection of 4 items in one lot (#219) Again this is at Burstow and Hewett and The SaleRoom  have a group of four drawings including two of the family and two of animals

Its brief description states:
Raymond Sheppard (1913-1958), 4 pencil and crayon drawings, studies of children and animals, mounted, (4).
We can see an interesting 'blue' picture which is  a very young Christine Sheppard and the coloured wash is of the family gathered around Iris, their Mum. But also their are sketches of an otter(?) and two seals (?) as well as what looks to me to be studies of a ferret.

Date: 02 Aug 2017 14:00 BST
Estimate: £100-£150
Where: Burstow & Hewett

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Raymond Sheppard and Gunby Hadath (Part Two)

In the previous blog article I outlined Gunby Hadath's biography and showed a few of Raymond Sheppard's accompanying illustrations to his 6 part story which began in April 1940 edition of the Boy's Own Paper.

Here are the remainder of illustrations accompanying the story "In search of a kingdom" by Gunby Hadath spread over 6 months of Boy's Own Paper. It's interesting to note not only Sheppard's technique here (almost a negative of a scraperboard technique) but also the way in which the editor decided to wrap text around the images - something so much easier to do now in the age of computers, than back then! The full page wash of St. Bernard is incredible as it stands out in the whole run and considering paper shortages during the war gives testimony to the esteem in which Sheppard was held.

MAY 1940
Boy's Own Paper May 1940 p.357
"He dropped his hand on the gunwale of Michael's light skiff
 and tilted it forward to let the water pour in" 

Boy's Own Paper May 1940 p.358
"Glancing about as he went, he discerned de Bellecombe 
 seated by himself on a bench "

Boy's Own Paper May 1940 p.360-361
"They were joined by a forester who was leading a mule 
in the shafts of a two-wheeled cart"
Boy's Own Paper May 1940 p.366
Donkey and cart

JUNE 1940

Boy's Own Paper June 1940 p.406 
Greitmann leaned forward across the table. He looked straight at de Varges.
"I have no use for braggarts", he said
Boy's Own Paper June 1940 p.409
The brigand chief was leaning against that column,
with his arms folded, jeering at St Bernard
Boy's Own Paper June 1940 p.413
A man, with one arm twisted under him and unconscious
Boy's Own Paper June 1940 p.415
A St. Bernard dog

JULY 1940

Boy's Own Paper July 1940 p.439
"Above the town the ancient chateau was frowning"
Boy's Own Paper July 1940 p.444-445
" Even as the young chasseur bent his knees for the throw
Michael's arms were exerting a fierce downward pressure on his hip-bones"
Boy's Own Paper July 1940 p.447"Michael took the plunge. “I'm being chased, sir”, he said,
“by some scoundrels who want to get rid of me”" 

Boy's Own Paper July 1940 p.449"Colonel St. Armaund"
 AUGUST 1940
Boy's Own Paper August 1940 p.469" He had wrangled a lift with the baggage and slept like a top"

Boy's Own Paper August 1940 p.471"When Michael's turn came to slake his thirst from the gourd
he found the water quite warm"

Boy's Own Paper August 1940 p.474
"Dubois, Sergeant of Chasseurs"

Boy's Own Paper August 1940 p.477
"You refuse!" gasped Simon Greitmann"
Boy's Own Paper September 1940 p.494
"Here he was with the compartment to himself...while poor Antoine..." 
Boy's Own Paper September 1940 p.497
"The innkeeper bowed low as Michael came up"

Boy's Own Paper September 1940 p.498-499
" Numbers of them were shaking their fists as they screamed"

Boy's Own Paper September 1940 p.501

Although I have not found any more Gunby Hadath tales that Sheppard illustrated in Boy's Own Paper, Sheppard did illustrate a book, Blue Berets, and that raised an interesting issue.

I have a copy,  with no dustjacket, and remembered there were illustrations in it, but until looking at it for purposes of finishing this article, I had not realised - and there is no clue in the book - that this is in fact "In search of a kingdom", published one year later by Lutterworth (who at the time owned the Boy's Own Paper!
So I might as well list the differences and satisfy my complete cataloguing fetish!


The following illustrations appear in the book on the following pages with their corresponding months in BOP:
Page 10: see April p.307
Page 48: (no caption) see May p.357
Pages 68-69: (no caption) see May p.360-361
Page 83: (no caption) see May p.366
Page 94: see June p.406
Page 142: Caption changed to "Above the town frowned the ancient chateau" see July p.442
Page 161: (no caption) see July p.447
Page 189: (no caption) see August p.474
Page 224: (no caption) see September p.494
Page 243: Caption changed to "It was Perigord, his host, white-headed and rubicund" see September p.497
Page 253: (no caption) see August p.469