Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

John Skeaping (1901-1980)   BIOGRAPHY

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Impala, circa 1930
Passe-partout (ref: 4500)

Inscribed with title

Chalk and pastel, 

10 x 15 in. (25.3 x 37 cm.)


Provenance: The illustrator Raymond Sheppard

Literature: Raymond Sheppard, Master Illustrator, Liss Fine Art, November 2010, Cat.42

This drawing was previously attributed to Raymond Sheppard.  Sheppard - author of three Studio 'How to Draw' (Birds and Animals) publications - was a keen collector of works by his contemporaries and  might well have worked alongside or even been taught by Skeaping at Central.

According to Skeaping's son the writing corresponds with Skeaping's and the outline to the drawing and the way the pastel [conte crayon?] had been turned on its side a habit father used

We are grateful to Nicholas Skeaping for assistance.

John Skeaping (1901-1980)

John Skeaping was an English sculptor and equine painter. 

Born in South Woodford, Essex, Skeaping studied at Goldsmith's College, London, and later at the Royal Academy. In 1924 he won the British Prix de Rome and its scholarship to the British School at Rome. 

Skeaping was the first husband of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, with whom he exhibited during the 1920s. He was a member of the London Group, worked in Mexico. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1960. He latterly lived in Devon near the village of Chagford and moved to the Camargue, France in 1959. 
A BBC documentary One Pair of Eyes - John Skeaping (1970) directed by David Cobham was produced for BBC TV during Skeaping's time there. The Tate Gallery owns eight works by Skeaping.

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