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Marjorie Sherlock (1897-1973)

Alice Marjorie Sherlock, SGA WIAC (1891-1973)

A pupil of Walter Sickert, Marjorie Sherlock established herself with paintings and etchings of urban scenes, including a striking series of images of railway stations. Later, she was much inspired by trips abroad – including those to Egypt and India – which were often made in the company of, and financed by, her close friend and fellow artist, Orovida Pissarro.

Marjorie Sherlock was born at Fir Tree Cottage, George Lane, Wanstead, Essex, on 3 February 1891, the elder child of the civil engineer, Henry Sherlock, and his wife, Alice (née Platts), who was born in Benares, India. By 1901, the family was living at ‘The Limes’, 121 Mill Road, Cambridge, and Marjorie received an education locally. In 1918, she entered into marriage with her cousin, Major Wilfrid Barrett, though this proved unsuccessful and they later divorced (he remarrying in 1941). She then continued to live at the family home until the Second World War.

During the First World War, Marjorie Sherlock studied at Westminster Technical Institute under the Camden Town School painters, Walter Sickert and Harold Gilman.

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