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|A marine painter, Warren Sheppard was a designer and navigator of racing yachts and sailed widely along the New England coast. He won the famous New York-to-Bermuda race and published an authoritative book titled "Practical Navigation." He was also known for his canal scenes of Venice.|
He took art lessons from marine painter Maurice De Haas and exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association, the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy.
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art."
|Biography from Abby M Taylor Fine Art:|
|A student of
Dutch marine artist, Mauritz de Haas, Warren Sheppard built two
successful careers around his love of the sea: marine
painting and yacht designing. |
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 and the young Sheppard took many voyages
with his father to make artistic studies. 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.
the time he was in his mid-thirties, he had established himself as a
successful illustrator and painter. The yachts he painted were the most
lavish of his day, owned by the wealthiest of men. He was an expert in
the design and rigging of ships of present and earlier times. His work
was highly regarded for its authenticity as well as its artistic merit.
was also an expert navigator and sailed a number of famous yachts in
races. Twice he was to command Tamerlane when it won the New York to
Bermuda run. His 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
Denver Exposition 1884-Gold medal
Chicago Exposition - 1892
St. Louis Exposition-1904
Brooklyn Allied Artists Group Shows - 1874-1881
National Academy of Design - 1880-1899
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT
Addison Gallery of American Art (MA)
Phillips Academy, Andover
Springfield Public Library
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