Warren Sheppard
(1858 - 1937)

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Ocean Sunset


A well-established turn-of-the-century marine painter, Warren Sheppard’s passion for sailing extended beyond his work at the easel.  He also designed and navigated 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 met with equal success in his painting career.  After studying under the esteemed marine painter Maurice De Haas, Sheppard exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association, the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the Denver Exposition of 1884 and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904.  His canal scenes of Venice and moonlit seascapes were particularly popular.  He became known for his attention detail: his paintings display an intimate knowledge of and sea environments, rigging, an activity on-deck which only a true mariner could possess. 

Sheppard’s work is currently in the permanent collections of the Toledo Art Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Mariners’ Museum. 

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art."
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