Guildford Shed from Life

Original, Painting | 56 × 40 cm | Framed


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Oil on canvas.

At the end of the era of steam, David took many photos as well as painting many sketches. This is one of his paintings that remained in his attic for many years and is the first time of going on sale. David quotes: ‘This painting is the only one I have lost a whole night’s sleep over. A night scene in Guildford shed, I started painting at 10pm and finished it at 4.30am. The effort was worth every second. Paying no attention to details, because that did not matter, it was simply the steam, smoke and colours created by engines just about to go to the scrapyard. I worked on that canvas with just the dim light of one soot-encrusted light bulb above my head. The conditions were terrible but I hope that I managed to achieve some of the atmosphere, now lost forever.’

Thanks to the Shepherd family, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this artwork will support DSWF’s work protecting endangered species across Africa and Asia.Please contact us at or call on 01483 272323 for pricing and further information.


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David Shepherd CBE

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
David Shepherd CBE 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.

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.