Shephard, Rupert: Mapogga Women and Children – SOLD


A hard to find linocut on wove paper using strong colours  reflecting an exceptional level of detail and texture in a style characteristic of Rupert Shephard’s printmaking, this is an unframed artist’s proof copy.

Rupert Shephard spent 15 years in South Africa from 1948 and this is one of 18 four colour linocuts he produced between 1954 and 1961 whilst working in Cape Town and which were used to illustrate a limited edition book of 200 copies published in 1966 called ‘Passing Scene. Eighteen Images of Southern Africa’. At least some of the linocuts were also issued in print runs of 100.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: Rupert Shephard, (1909 – 1992)

Title and date: Mapogga Women and Children, 1966

Size: 28.0 x 20.3 cms.

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Artist Description:

Rupert Shephard was born in London and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1926 to 1929. He became a school teacher, painting in the evenings, sharing studios with William Coldstream and Victor Pasmore, and exhibiting with the London Group, at the Cooling Gallery and with the Euston Road school of artists. He had his first solo show at the Kalman Gallery in 1939, the year he painted two portraits of Dylan Thomas.

During the World War II worked as an industrial draughtsman and was appointed an Official War Artist in 1945, going on to teach at the Central and St. Martin’s Schools of Art from 1945 to 1948. Late in 1948 he moved to South Africa and held the post of Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. He returned to England in 1962 and painted full-time, restoring his reputation with a long series of solo shows at Agnew’s, the Patrick Seale Gallery and at Sally Hunter Fine Art. In 1972, he was elected to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.