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Commander Arthur Bolt (1907–1994)
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Commander Arthur Bolt (1907–1994) 1945

Rupert Shephard (1909–1992)

National Maritime Museum

Painter, draughtsman and teacher, born in London, where he continued to live. He studied at Slade School of Fine Art, 1926–9, and began to show with LG, Cooling Gallery and with Euston Road School painters, with whom he shared a style. Had first solo show at Calmann Gallery in 1939, the year he painted two portraits of Dylan Thomas, later bought by National Portrait Gallery. During World War II Shephard worked as a draughtsman in industry. He was appointed an Official War Artist in 1945, the year he joined NEAC, about this time also showing at Leicester Galleries. Shephard taught part-time at Central and St Martin’s Schools of Art, 1945–8, then from 1948–63 held the post of professor of fine art at University of Cape Town, showing there and in Johannesburg.

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


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