Frank Sherwin RI RSMA BWS
(1896 - 1986)
Frank Sherwin was born in Derby on 19th May 1896 son of Samuel Sherwin (Exh 1884 – 1899) Marine and landscape painter in oil and watercolour. He studied at Derby School of Art and Heatherley’s in 1920 under Henry Massey. He was elected RI in 1950 and RSMA in 1967.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Society of British Artists. His work is held in National Maritime Museum, Derby Gallery and has been reproduced by Frost and Reed, British Rail and the Medici Society. He lived in Cookham in Berkshire for many years and published articles in The Artist. He died on 1st July 1986.
Cyril Victor Parker RI
Born in Hornsey the son of a Builder Foreman on 30th June 1897. He served in the East Surrey Regiment between 1914 – 18 War which interrupted his
university education at London University. C V Parker was a painter of landscapes and floral still life who lived in Ealing most of his life, worked as a customs officer and was a member of the
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.
Work by Cyril Parker is in Her Majesty’s Government Collection and was purchased from the Civil Service Art Club and the Customs & Excise Art Club and he was a member of both Clubs and a member of the Wapping Group of Artists.
Leslie Arthur Wilcox, RI, RSMA
(March 1904 – January 1982)
Leslie Arthur Wilcox was known mainly as a painter of marine subjects in oils. He was also a watercolourist, illustrator, poster artist, marine model-maker and author. He was for some years Honorary Secretary of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. His works are in many collections around the world, including the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and the Royal Collection. He wrote and illustrated two books on maritime history: Mr Pepys' Navy (1966 G. Bell & Sons Ltd., London) and Anson's Voyage (1969 G. Bell & Sons, Ltd., London).
John Yardley RI
John Yardley was born in Beverley, Yorkshire in 1933. He became a banker and with no formal training in art he decided in 1986 to give up this career and dedicate himself full-time to painting. He does see his lack of formal training as an advantage as this has given him the freedom to find his own style. He has a brisk impressionist style which is well suited to his use of watercolour although he does produce work in other mediums.
He is a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and has enjoyed huge acclaim in this field. He has been presented with many prizes which include the Watercolour Foundation Award
He is married with two sons and a daughter and lives in Reigate in Surrey
Fred Taylor RI
Fred Taylor was born in Wandsworth London on March 22 1875, the son of William Taylor (a watchmaker) and Charlotte Mary Biss (1852-1885. Taylor studied briefly at Goldsmith’s College, London, where he won a gold medal for his posters, and a travelling scholarship to study in Italy. At some point working in the Waring and Gillow Studio, Taylor was a poster artist, illustrator, decorator and a watercolourist. Particularly noted as a poster artist from 1908 to the 1940s, and was regularly commissioned by the LNER, EMB and shipping companies. Taylor also exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, and other provincial societies. Taylor’s designs frequently referred to architectural subjects.During the Second World War, Taylor was employed on naval camouflage. He also executed commissions for London Transport, including ‘Back Room Boys’, where the underlying concept and use of central image with a surrounding border were probably taken from A S Hartrick’s series of lithographs on war work called Playing the Game, 1918, although ‘their finely balanced colouring and their superb draughtsmanship are peculiar to Taylor at his best’.
John Terris RI RSW
John Terris was a watercolour landscape painter who was elected to Royal Scottish Scociety of Painters in Watercolour in 1891 and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1912. He studied art at Birmingham School of Art and first exhibited there at the age of fifteen. John Terris was born on 9th June 1865 to George Terris (profession Japanner) and Jane Kay. The family moved from Scotland to Birmingham (John was 4years old) as there was little work for his father in Scotland. John earned his living while they were in Birmingham as a wood engraver. The family moved back to Glasgow between 1881 and 1891 where they were dependent on John as a landscape artist and his brother George a baker, his father George was unable to find work as a japanner and eventually took up glass decorating. On 17th May 1892 John married Isabella McAllan McNicol the daughter of Robert McNicol a master brewer at St Rollox Glasgow. John Terris died very young at 49 in Bridge of Allan on 14th March 1914.
This view of Edinburgh Castle is painted from near to the Edinburgh College of Art.