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George Sheffield Jnr (1839-1892)

George Sheffield Junior (1839-1892)

George Sheffield is best remembered for his monochrome coastal scenes, which were admired by his contemporaries.

George Sheffield was born in Wigton, Cumberland, on 1 January 1839, the son of Thomas Sheffield, a draper, and his wife Jane (née Johnston). He was named after his uncle, George Sheffield, a portrait painter with a local reputation; and was initially encouraged both by him and William Henry Hoodless, another Wigton artist. However, while still very young, he moved with his father to Warrington, then in Lancashire, and studied at Warrington School of Art alongside Luke Fildes.

Settling in Manchester, Sheffield trained as a pattern maker at a firm of calico printers, said to be ‘Messrs Charlie and Franks’. He was a skilful designer, but proved to be more interested in the painting classes that he attended at Manchester School of Art.

Of a restless disposition, Sheffield first chose to become a sailor, voyaging to Holland and Belgium, and across the Atlantic. Then, when he retired from the sea, he turned his attention to painting, producing landscapes and seascapes in oil and watercolour, most notably in monochrome.

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