Sharp, Paul: Thameside Sketches


A set of sketches made along the Thames when the river was alive with activity, signed and framed.

Artist: Paul Sharp, (born 1921)

Title and date: Thameside Sketches, 1950s

Size: 10.5 x 20.5 cms.


Artist description:

Paul Sharp was born in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire and in 1937 studied art at Wakefield School of Arts and Crafts followed by Leeds College of Art from 1940-41. He was then called up and served in the RAF until 1946 after which he went to study at the Royal College of Art from 1946-1949. He then taught at Farnham College of Art becoming Head of the Department of Design. During this time he became known for his illustration work and printmaking. In 1960 he left teaching to become a full-time graphic designer. He became the main artist working for the Westerham Press and worked on many projects. His reputation grew and he worked for clients including Sotheby’s, Paul Mellon Foundation, The National Gallery, Sotheby’s, Royal Doulton, The Mermaid Theatre, The Science Museum and many others. He also illustrated books and worked designing advertising material and brochures.

A major commission for Sharp was the creation of a series of guide books for National Benzole Petroleum. He produced dozens of pen and ink illustrations for these publications, which included titles on Bridges, Follies, Museums and Sailing. These small-scale observational drawings exemplify Sharp’s formal sense of proportion and careful use of white space.