Warren Sheppard (1858–1937)
Warren Sheppard was an established turn-of-the-century marine painter whose passion for sailing extended beyond his artistic subjects. Sheppard also designed and navigated racing yachts, which he sailed throughout the New England coast. He won the famous New York-to-Bermuda race and wrote and illustrated two books, “Practical Navigation” and “A Tale of the Sea.” His painting career was equally successful; after training under Mauritz De Haas, he created a body of work full of detailed sailing pictures and luminous moonlit seascapes. Sheppard exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Art Association, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as the Denver Exposition of 1884 and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. His work is now in the Toledo Art Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Mariners’ Museum.