British Portrait by Frank Owen Salisbury of Sidney Shephard Esq For Sale
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British Portrait by Frank Owen Salisbury of Sidney Shephard Esq

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Stunning quality and highly important piece of British Art. British oil on canvas Portrait of a Fox Huntsman by Frank Owen Salisbury (AKA The Painter Laureate) dated 1940/41. With the assistance of the College of Coat of Arms in London, we have now FINALLY identified the Sitter !!! He was SIDNEY SHEPHARD Esq., a World War 1 Hero, recipient of the Military Cross, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire (yes, he was the Sheriff of Nottingham !!), successful businessman, Member of Parliament and renowned Master of the South Notts. Hunt. This is a large portrait of Sidney Shephard Esq. in his Hunting attire, complete with his bridle, crop and stirrup cup sticking out of his jacket. He is reclining on a hunt table. Mr. Salisbury had a recognizable 'trait' in his portraits, namely, painting the Sitter's Family Crest or Coat of Arms also on the painting. It was this Coat of Arms that helped us to identify Mr. Sidney Shephard Esq., by engaging the College of Coats of Arms in London to identify the family name. Not only were the College of Arms able to identify the family name, but they were able to identify the Sitter as none other than Sidney Shephard Esq. The painting is signed by the artist on he bottom left and is definitely a genuine and original Salisbury painting. It is dated 1940/1 (we believe it was therefore started by Mr. Salisbury in 1940 and finished in 1941). We have been intrigued for some time about the dates of this painting. 1940-1941 was in the middle of the 'Battle of Britain', why would someone be painted in their fox hunting uniform when Britain was enduring it's 'Darkest Hour'???? Before we discovered the identity of Sidney Shephard this 'perplexed' us, so much so, that at one stage we thought that the sitter might have been Irish (who were neutral during WW2). After much thought on the matter, we think we have stumbled upon the truth surrounding this portrait. As we know, Salisbury was a very exclusive portrait artist. He mainly painted Royalty and Leadership figures, so why did he do a portrait of Sidney Shephard in his fox hunting uniform in 1940/41? We firmly believe that this was painted as a propaganda piece, an original 'keep Calm And Carry On', if you please!! Shephard was a renowned WW1 Hero, a Military Cross Recipient, a well-known English figure, what better way to depict British resilience during their Darkest Hour but to have one of their heroes carrying on his pastime of foxhunting regardless of the Nazi Blitz. All of this provenance makes this a truly historic and importance piece.

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  • Condition Details
    Excellent, near Mint condition. In it's Original Frame.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 60 in. x W 48 in. x D 3 in.H 152.4 cm x W 121.92 cm x D 7.62 cm
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    LU3978111948531
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