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David Shepherd CBE FRGS FRSA (1931-2017)

Richard David Shepherd, CBE FRGS FRSA (1931-2017)

David Shepherd was a naturalistic painter in oils of a wide range of subjects, and most notably of African wildlife and steam railways, both of which were dear to his heart. Becoming one of the world’s best known and most outspoken environmentalists, he raised millions for conservation through sales of his wildlife paintings. He became so popular with the public that, during the 1960s, prints of his images of elephants outsold reproductions of works by Canaletto.

David Shepherd was born in Hendon, North London, on 25 April 1931, the second of three children of Raymond Shepherd, who worked in advertising, and his wife, Margaret (née Williamson). At the age of eight, while growing up with his family in Totteridge, he showed a glimpse of his later artistic success by winning a children’s painting competition in the magazine, Nursery World. Later, he attended Stowe School, in Buckinghamshire, but failed to shine academically.

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