George Sydney Shepherd

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Two paintings by Shepherd of the Royal Square in St Helier
The Weighbridge, St Helier, painted by Shepherd in 1832
La Motte Street, St Helier. The fine terrace on the right is known as Hemery Row

George Sydney Shepherd, 1784–1862 was originally believed to be two different artists, George and his son George Sydney, but recent research indicates that there was only one person and that he adopted the name Sydney professionally in the later stages of his career when he changed his artistic style.

He was a landscape painter who lived in France until 1793, returning at the outbreak of war. He is best known for his London views, but he toured throughout the United Kingdom and also worked in the Channel Islands.

He was a founder of the New Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1831, but there was a move to expel him in 1850 for non–payment of his subscription, but he was found to be in dire poverty and made an Honorary Member. He was granted a pension in 1860 when bedridden.

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