David Shepherd CBE – Jimmy’s Forge Original

Medium: Oil on Canvas Framed

Dimensions: 94 x 66cm

Nostalgic Blacksmith Scene – Our sincere thanks go to Judy Crago and family , who have donated this painting to the Foundation

As quoted by David: “I tracked Jimmy down in Hertfordshire where he still works in an original forge with bellow and a real fire.  To complete the painting, Jimmy also found Harry the horse who lived nearby.  All the time Jimmy was working, his labours were keenly observed by his two Jack Russell terriers who were actually behaving themselves for once. Again, featuring a more romantic age when horses were shod in a forge with the bellows and the roaring hot flames of the fire. I sketched it in what was then a working forge near Bishop’s Stortford in Essex which I fear has now closed down. What a pity because these are shining examples to show to children of how things used to operate – perhaps more slowly but also often more efficiently.’

850 Limited Editions were printed in April 2003 43 x 69cm

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David SHEPHERD CBE, FRSA, FGRA (1931-2017) was a founding father of the wildlife art movement whose work has become synonymous with Africa, wildlife and conservation. Known as ‘The Man who Loved Giants’ for his iconic elephant artwork, for decades his paintings have graced the walls of homes, libraries, exhibitions and public spaces and excite a passion in the viewer much like the emotion he felt during the creation of his work.  In 1984 he established DSWF to channel his own conservation efforts and to fund vital enforcement and community projects that continue to make a real difference to wildlife survival. To date, through his tireless efforts, and thanks to the generosity of the Foundation’s dedicated supporters, including artists from around the world, over £11 million has been given away directly in grants to keep key projects in Africa and Asia alive and operational. David was best loved for his archetypal African scenes portraying dusty waterholes teaming with life, capturing the heat and haze of an African landscape, all of which bring to life the sounds, smells and textures of a continent he called his second home. Beyond wildlife art, David had a prolific painting career which focused on many other topics and subjects. With an equal passion and love for military subjects, steam trains, landscapes and lesser seen portraits, his numerous originals and prints are held by collectors around the world.

At the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, we sell a host of David Shepherd prints, limited edition collections and even originals to help honour his legacy of the ‘Art of Survival’ by giving back to conservation through every sale.  David was passionate in his belief that wildlife art could make a real and tangible difference to the protection of species and their habitats, and his incredible legacy has proved just how true this is, something we are proud to continue in his name today.

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Dimensions 94 × 66 cm

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