David Shepherd CBE – Smokey Thames Original

Medium:  Oil on Canvas Framed

Dimensions: 132 x 96cm

As quoted by David: ‘During the days of my training and shortly after, Robin and I used to go down to the Thames, and we painted many pictures between Chelsea and Woolwich.  In those days the river was full of shipping activity and the ships actually still looked like ships.  Tugs, steam powered, bustled about everywhere, fussing over their strings of barges.  One of our favourite viewpoints was from Bowater’s Wharf across from St Paul’s and Blackfriars.  In those days, the skyline was how Wren intended it – St Paul’s  was the dominating feature.  Alas, now, the view would offer no inspiration whatsoever as St Paul’s has almost disappeared against a background of highrise faceless concrete architecture. Such, once again, is the progress – and all the ships seem to have gone too.’

Our very sincere thanks to the previous owner who has donated this painting to the Foundation’s work protecting endangered species across Africa and Asia.

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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.