Dorothea Sharp

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Dorothea Sharp
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Dorothea Sharp 1940
Dartford, United Kingdom
Died17 December 1955(1955-12-17) (aged 80–81)
London, United Kingdom[1]
EducationRegent Street Polytechnic
Known forpainting
AwardsRBA Bronze Medal, 1931[1][2]
ElectedSociety of Women Artists
Royal Society of British Artists (1907)[3]
Royal Institute of Oil Painters (1922)[3]

Dorothea Sharp ROI RBA (1874 – 17 December 1955)[3] was a British artist best known for her landscapes and naturalistic studies of children at play.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Sharp was born in Dartford, Kent, and began her training aged 21, when, after inheriting £100 from an uncle, she attended the Richmond art school run by C. E. Johnson RI.[4] She went on to study at the Regent Street Polytechnic, where her work was admired by George Clausen and David Murray.[4][5] She went on to Paris,[1] where she first encountered the work of the Impressionists – in particular Claude Monet – that was to have a profound and lasting effect on her art, resulting in the highly impressionistic and spontaneous style that she was to adopt for the rest of her life.[4]

In 1903 she became an Associate of the Society of Women Artists, and in 1908 a full member,[4] going on to serve as vice-president for 4 years.[1] She was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1907 and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1922.[3][1] Sharp exhibited at The Royal Academy from 1901–1948[1][4] and held her first one-woman show at the Connell Gallery in 1933; this was a great success[4] and she was described as ‘one of England’s greatest living woman painters’ by Harold Sawkins, editor of The Artist.[6] Throughout the 1920s and 1930s Sharp travelled to Europe (e.g. Cassis) to paint, and also to Bosham and St Ives, Cornwall, where she met fellow artist Marcella Smith, who became a lifelong friend. Sharp was made an honorary member of the St. Ives Society of Artists (STISA) in 1928.[5]

Sharp died on 17 December 1955, aged 81.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Miss Dorothea Sharp". The Times. 20 December 1955. p. 9. Retrieved 20 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "R.B.A. Award Of Medals". The Times. 24 April 1931. p. 9. Retrieved 21 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "SHARP, Dorothea". Who Was Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f Taylor, Hilary. "Dorothea Sharp, 1874–1955". Howgill Tattershall Fine Art. Archived from the original on 14 September 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "Dorothea SHARP". Cornwall Artists' Index. Retrieved 21 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Sawkins, Harold (April 1935). The Artist. Missing or empty |title= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • Entwisle, Helen (2008). Rock Pools and Sunshine: The Biography of Dorothea Sharp. William Sessions Limited. ISBN 978-1850723783.

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