River Thames

Original, Painting | 76 × 43 cm | Framed


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Oil on canvas.

This was one of a pair of Thames scenes. The owner died several years ago and his executors got in touch to say he’d left them to me in his will, which was so generous. It was such an exciting atmosphere with the tugs and the smoke and the bustle – it’s all far too sanitised today! Look at all these tiny details; the pale ship in the background. I think it was a Swedish timber ship; it used to come in every month. Robin and I used to sit by the Thames painting from life and one day the wind caught his canvas and it was last seen floating down the river to Southend.’

Thanks to the 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 dswf@davidshepherd.org 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.