Painter and teacher, born in Cornwall. Her first husband was the artist William Coldstream, her second Michael Spender, brother of the poet Stephen Spender and of the artist Humphrey Spender. Michael, who died in 1945, was a map maker and in that role twice climbed on Everest with Eric Shipton in the 1930s. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, then attended Slade School of Fine Art, 1928–31. She showed her work regularly in 1930s, including LG and Leicester Galleries. During World War II, between 1940–3, she was a driver with the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service. From 1945–77 taught art at Kinnaird Park School, Bromley, then at Archbishop Temple School and the Archbishop Michael Ramsey School in Lambeth. Nancy Sharp was a figurative painter in the mainstream English tradition, noted for her flower paintings and portraits.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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