Painter, etcher and draughtsman in pencil, born in Wanstead, Essex. After early education in Cambridge, Sherlock studied art under Walter Sickert and Harold Gilman, the Camden Town Group painters, shortly before World War I. Also studied with Malcolm Osborne at Royal College of Art in late 1920s and with André Lhote in the late 1930s. She first exhibited at RA in 1917, a powerful picture of Liverpool Street station, and she continued to show at the Academy for over 50 years. She admired continental painters, notably German and Baroque, but could be astringent in her comments on English artists. Although her own painting bore traces of Camden Town influence, that school was reckoned “good, but very English, no depth of feeling”; of Osborne, who greatly improved her etching technique, which can be very fine, she remarked: “good, up to a point.

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

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