Railway Sketch from Life 73089

Original, Painting | 76 × 51 cm | Unframed


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Oil on canvas only.

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. Here David sketched from life the 73089. Here, David captures the sunbeams as they bounced down into the darkened filthy shed. David often sketched on site since he was inspired by the atmospheric sounds and smells. As he quoted ‘Immersing myself in the working environment gave me insights that I could never achieve remotely and I continued to think of my photographs as adjuncts or tools to supplement my artistic work rather than something in their own right. This is perhaps one of my more successful sketches as there was no panic that the engine might be towed away at any minute. The white stripe is in fact sunlight catching the edge of the inspection pit, giving the painting an extra interest in amongst all the smoke.’

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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.