George Sheringham 1884-1937

Artist biography

George SHERINGHAM 1884–1937

Decorative painter and designer of fans, theatrical costumes and scenery, posters and book illustrations. Born 13 November 1884 in London. Studied at the Slade School 1899–1901 and in Paris 1904–6. First one-man exhibition in Paris 1905, followed later the same year by his first in London, at the Ryder Gallery. Exhibited with the International Society from 1922. Obtained a Grand Prix at the Paris Salon 1925 for mural and theatrical design. Among his sets were those for Love in a Village, The Duenna, The Skin Game and the Stratford Memorial Theatre's opening production of Twelfth Night, as well as for Gilbert and Sullivan operas. His mural decorations included panels for the ballroom at Claridge's Hotel and the music room at 40 Devonshire House, whilst among books illustrated by him are Max Beerbohm's The Happy Hypocrite, H. T. Sheringham's Book of the Fly Rod and E. Rostand's La Princesse Lointaine. Author of Drawing in Pen and Pencil 1922 and Design in the Theatre (with James Laver) 1927. An invalid from 1932, he continued to paint flowers. Died 11 November 1937 in London. Memorial exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1938.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II