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George Sidney Shepherd NWS (1784-1862)


George Sidney Shepherd, NWS (1784-1862)

Establishing himself with his excellent topographical views of London, George Sidney Shepherd became a founder member of the New Society of Painters in Water Colours, and one of its most prolific exhibitors.

George Sidney Shepherd was born in Old Street, Finsbury, London, the son of a watchcase maker. He probably studied at Dr Monro’s informal academy and, by 1800, had begun to exhibit watercolours at various London venues, including the Royal Academy of Arts. He was
awarded a silver palette by the Society of Arts in both 1803 and 1804.

While his earliest subjects were close to his home, off the City Road in rural Islington, Shepherd began to travel further afield by 1807, when he produced sketches of Cambridge and Northampton for John Britton’s
Architectural Antiquities of Great Britain (1807). His range encompassed rural and natural landscapes, including some of Bedfordshire, the home county of his first wife, whom he married in 1812. Yet, increasingly, he specialised in townscapes and, in particular, scenes of London.

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