About the book
This book is a collaboration between the author and Raymond Sheppard’s
family. Christine Sheppard had been cataloguing her father’s paintings and sketches which had been stored since his death in 1958. Christine and her brother decided it was time that something was done with the collection. This book is a permanent record of that collection, made before the collection was dispersed.
Raymond Sheppard was a superb observer and draughtsman with the ability to draw any subject. His early death meant there was not a lot written about him or by him. His contemporaries are no longer with us, so this is mainly a book of paintings with extracts from his drawing books written in the 1950’s.
A tribute to the skill and dedication of Raymond Sheppard in bringing to life in pictures not only his own ideas, but also the characters and worlds created by leading authors of the day such as Ernest Hemmingway, Enid Blyton and Jim Corbett.
If you want to see story telling in picture form, I would strongly suggest that you find a copy of this book…Sheppard was first of all a brilliant illustrator…his animals are beautifully and correctly portrayed. He was a superb observer of nature….Sheppard was a prolific artist and could paint all manner of subjects, so this book includes more than just wildlife, there are images produced for war stories, cowboys and indians and fairy tales…Raymond Sheppard’s paintings carry very strong storylines, whether in book illustrations or wildlife art pieces. A highly recommended book for exciting and imaginative wildlife action pieces.
Wildscape Vol 10 No4