SHEPPERSON, Matthew

1785 - 1874

Baptised at Pulham St Mary Magdalen, Norfolk on 30 October 1785, eldest son and second child of Samuel Shepperson (died 1788) and his wife Elizabeth née Richards (died 1800), who married at Pulham on 4 February 1783. He married at St Mary, Lambeth, London on 25 March 1813, Emma (1788-1869), daughter of Charles Brightly, printer of Bungay, Suffolk and attained fair success as a portrait painter, his clients included King George IV and his successor King William IV. He exhibited at the Norwich Society of Artists in 1819, from London 'Portrait of Mr. J. G. Walker' and also painted copies of portraits and sold them to numerous nobleman and high ranking clergy. He also taught painting in circles of nobility, mainly to socially prominent young ladies. In 1841, a '50' year old artist living at Sherrard Street, St James, Westminster with his '50' year old wife Emma but by 1861 had moved to 14 Brompton Road, St Mary Abbotts, Kensington where a 74 year old 'fund holder' with his 73 year old wife Emma. His wife died in 1869 and in 1871 an 84 year old retired artist living at Alfred Place, Kensington, London with his unmarried niece, 47 year old Emily Prentice of Southwold, Suffolk 'attendant on uncle' and kept one servant. He died at Kensington in 1874 and his will was proved the following year by John M. Barnes of Morningthorpe, Norfolk. John Childs, whom he painted, was his brother-in-law and of the Bungay firm of printers Brightly & Childs later Richard Clay of Bungay. About 1823-24 he painted a copy of John Hoppner's 'Horatio Nelson', which is now in the collections of the National Maritime Museum. In August 2010, some of the paintings from the Shepperson's collection, which had been bequeathed to his heirs, were sold by auction at Bonham's, London and included Velazquez's 'Portrait of a Gentleman', which was purchased by New York dealer Otto Naumann for $4.7 million (3 million). His personal collection of material are in the Yale Center for British Art and include two account books, recording forty-three years of financial records and commissions received for painting. Also present are four cartes-de-visites, the original will of Shepperson's mother, naming him as executor and heir, one manuscript receipt for paintings, and 18 autograph letters signed, four of the latter with red wax seals.






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