Smokey Thames

Original, Painting | N/A | Framed


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Oil on canvas.

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

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.