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    WARREN SHEPPARD (American, 1858-1937)
    Waiting for a Breeze, circa 1890
    Oil on canvas
    22-1/2 x 16 inches (57.2 x 40.6 cm)
    Signed lower right: Warren Sheppard

    Vose Galleries, Boston (label verso).

    Fuller Museum of Art, Boston Art Club Exhibition, July 3-September 19, 1993 (label verso).

    Warren Sheppard, a student of Dutch marine artist Mauritz de Haas [represented in the current auction], built two successful careers around his love of the sea: marine painting and yacht designing and racing. He was born in Greenwich, New Jersey, a town on the Delaware River below Philadelphia, which has been associated with ships and shipping since the earliest Colonial times. His father was a sea captain who took him on many voyages during which he made sketches of ships and the sea. He learned perspective drawing at Cooper Union in New York City in addition to his studies with de Haas. In 1879, he spent four months sketching Mediterranean port cities including Gibraltar, Genoa, Naples, and Messina in Sicily. Between 1888 and 1893, he also studied painting in Venice and Paris.

    By his mid-thirties, Sheppard had established himself as a successful illustrator and painter. The yachts he painted were the most lavish of his day and eagerly collected. Owing to his expertise in the design and rigging of ships of both contemporary and historical vessels, his work was highly regarded for its authenticity as well as its artistic merit. Sheppard was also an expert navigator and sailed a number of famous yachts in races. Twice he commanded the Tamerlane when it won the New York-to-Bermuda run. His authoritative book, Practical Navigation, was used for many years by the United States Naval Academy. Though he retired from the sea, Sheppard continued to paint until his death in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937.

    Condition Report*: Framed in a period gilt wood and plaster framed. Relined canvas. Very good condition. Fully stable paint film.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2011
    17th Tuesday
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