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Artist Biography

References:

Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975 (Madison, CT: Soundview Press, 1999)

Provenance:

Private collection, Upper Montclair, New Jersey

Warren Sheppard, a celebrated maritime painter, knew his subject well: he was also a yacht designer and an expert navigator and sailor, winning the New York to Bermuda race twice during his career. The son of a sea captain and born in the seafaring community of Greenwich, New Jersey, Sheppard was imbued with sailing from the earliest age.

Sheppard studied under the acclaimed Dutch maritime painter, Mauritz Frederik de Haas, and took further drawing classes at The Cooper Union in New York City. As a young man, he spent several years abroad studying painting in Venice and in Paris.

Located just off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Ten Pound Island has been painted by many, including Fitz Hugh Lane and Winslow Homer. Gloucester holds an uncontested place in American seafaring history and maritime painting as an important shipbuilding center and fishing port. In the present work, the artist depicts a schooner in the foreground with the rounded form of Ten Pound Island, the lighthouse and a tall ship in the background. The sea appears glassy and still, and the schooner’s sails, set as though for an imminent departure, lie slack. Sheppard sensitively captures the detail of the schooner’s rigging, sails and hull, and the delicate reflection of the ship on a still sea, with a hint of evening atmosphere. The three small, delicately painted figures emphasize the grandeur of the sky and water, and the beauty of the schooner’s lines.

Sheppard exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association from 1874 to 1881, the National Academy of Design in New York from 1880-1899, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St Louis in 1904, and he won a gold medal at the Denver Exposition in 1884.

His works are held in the collections of numerous private individuals and institutions, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Toledo Art Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Peabody Essex Museum.