Partner Orovida Camille Pissarro
The UCL Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, Gower St, Kings Cross, London WC1E 6BT
The Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2EU
Oxenways, Chapelcroft Road, Axminster, EX13 7JR, UK
Marjorie Sherlock (1897 – April 2, 1973)[nb 1] was a British painter and etcher. Three books of her etchings were published between 1925 and 1932. Her painting Liverpool Street Station, now in the Government Art Collection, was first shown at the Royal Academy in 1917 and in 1987 was at 10 Downing Street when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Sherlock was a member of the London Group, alongside artists like Walter Sickert, Wyndham Lewis and Robert Polhill Bevan. Other female members of this group included couple Ethel Sands and Anna Hope Hudson, and Mary Godwin.
Sherlock studied at the Westminster Technical Institute, a pupil of Walter Sickert and Harold Gilman; at the Slade School of Fine Art; and the Royal College of Art. In Paris, she studied and worked with André Dunoyer de Segonzac and André Lhote. She was influenced by the Camden Town Group. Her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy for 50 years. She was a friend and travelling companion of Orovida Pissarro, the daughter of Lucien Pissarro.
Liverpool Street Station
At the Bus Stopem
Alice Marjorie Sherlock was born to Alice Mary (née Platts) Sherlock and civil engineer Henry Alexander George Sherlock at Fir Tree Cottage, George Lane, Wanstead, Essex.[nb 1] In 1918 she married her first cousin, Wilfrid Kenyon Tufnell Barrett, who was born in 1897. They later divorced. Barrett, who had the title Major, died in 1975. She was described as "a woman of distinct and forceful character."
Sherlock liked to travel and visited the United States during the depression. In the 1940s she moved to Oxenways, Axminster, near Ottery St Mary in a "rambling" and "isolated" house. Orovida Pissarro, the daughter of Lucien Pissarro, lived near her and financed trips for the two of them. Sherlock grew her own vegetables and made her own clothes to supplement her limited income. She died of a heart attack on 2 April 1973 at her house on Angela Court in Tipton St John, Devon.
During World War I, Sherlock studied under Walter Sickert and Harold Gilman at the Westminster Technical Institute. In 1917 Liverpool Street Station, an oil painting, was exhibited at the Royal Academy. Gilman died in 1919, after only a short time as a teacher at Westminster, but by then he had inspired a loyal group of followers, including Mary Godwin, Ruth Doggett, and Sherlock, who carried on with his approach into the 1920s and 1930s.
Sherlock also studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and studied etching beginning in 1926 at the Royal College of Art. She worked in Paris with Dunoyer de Segonzac and André Lhote.
Sherlock made oil paintings and copper etchings, in pen and ink, and in pencil. She created detailed, complex works, like the etching Waterloo Station. Her Egyptian, German and Indian etchings were published in 1925, 1929 and 1932, respectively. She was influenced by the Camden Town Group.[nb 2]
For more than 50 years her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts. There were also exhibited in other group exhibitions at the Carnegie Institute, the International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Gravers, the Royal Society of British Artists, Chicago Society of Etchers, the New English Art Club, and the Society of Graphic Art.
Her painting Liverpool Street, made in 1917, was in the 10 Downing Street collection in 1987, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
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