George Sidney Shepherd was born in Finsbury, London; the son of a watchmaker. He is thought to have attended Dr Cox Macro’s sketching academy and he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1800. In 1807 he made studies for Britton’s ‘Architectural Antiquities of Great Britain’ and also illustrated Booth’s ‘Architectural Series of London Churches’ (1818) and Wilkinson’s ‘Londina Illustrata’ (1824–34). With brother, Thomas Hosmer, he made views for Ackermann’s ‘Repository of the Arts’ in 1813. From 1832 he exhibited at the Society of British Artists. He was later a founder member of the New Society of Painters in Watercolour. By the 1840s his style had become more impressionistic. He was twice widowed by the time of his death in 1861.
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