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John Sherrin RI (1819-1896)

John Sherrin, RI (1819-1896)

One of the few known pupils of William Henry Hunt, John Sherrin would come to equal his master as a painter of intimate still life compositions and animal subjects.

John Sherrin was born in Westminster, London, in 1819, the eldest of the six children of the florist, John Sherrin, and his wife, Christiana (née Williamson). He was baptised at St Anne’s, Soho, on 12 July 1826, and grew up close by at 15 Church Street (now Romilly Street). His father died before 1833, the year in which his mother entered her second marriage, to John Walters. She supported the family as a plumassier and maker of artificial flowers.

Sherrin was apprenticed to Samuel Smith, a jeweller, and later worked for the designers, Howell, James & Co, Regent Street, and the goldsmiths, Matthews & Peake, Gerrard Street, Soho. In 1845, he married Frances (née Rich), from Blyth, Nottinghamshire, and, by 1851, they were living in Westbourne Place (now Cliveden Place) off Sloane Square, he giving his occupation as ‘goldsmith’.

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