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William Sheppard

 (1833 - 1912)
William Ludwell (Ludlow) Sheppard was active/lived in Virginia.  William Sheppard is known for genre, landscape and portrait painting, tobacco label illustration.

William Sheppard

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Born in Richmond, Virginia, William Sheppard was a watercolorist, illustrator, teacher, and painter who first gained attention for designing tobacco labels. He studied in New York City, Paris before 1860, and London and Paris between 1877-1878.

He enlisted in the Civil War with the Richmond Howitzers in the Army of Northern Virginia, reaching the rank of engineering officer. It has been written that he devoted most of his spare time to drawing and painting his fellow soldiers, and he is credited for providing valuable visual records of the War from the perspective of a Southerner.

After the War, he continued his career as a painter and book illustrator, and as a sculptor, completed a commission, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, in Richmond. He painted Southern genre and landscape scenes, and traveling to London, copied a series of portraits involved in Virginia history.

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About  William Sheppard

Born:  1833 - Richmond, Virginia
Died:   1912 - Richmond, Virginia
Known for:  genre, landscape and portrait painting, tobacco label illustration

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