Dorothea Sharp

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Dorothea Sharp

1874 - 1955

Dorothea Sharp was born in Dartford, Kent in England. She studied at Regent Street Polytechnic school in London under Sir David Murray and the plein air painter George Clausen, before going on to study in Paris where she was influenced by the work of the French impressionists. Upon her return to London, she became actively involved in the Society of Women Artists in London, exhibiting with them from 1902 on, and at one point became the group’s vice-president. She also showed work with the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Paris Salon. Sharp had a permanent base at Blomfield Road, Maida Vale in London, but traveled widely. In the company of the Canadian artist Helen McNicoll, she visited and painted in the artist’s colonies at St Ives, England, in Brittany, at Grès-sur-Loing in France and in Italy. She also traveled and painted throughout southern Europe with fellow artist Marcella Smith.

Sharp became strongly associated with St Ives in the 1920s, visiting in the summers and immersing herself in the subject matter she became renowned for, joyful images of children, often at the beach. Her training and practice as a plein air painter and her absorption of the impressionists’ use of colour and light brought freshness and spontaneity to her images of children in works such as this. In 1928 Sharp was elected an honorary member of the St Ives Society of Artists, and in the late 1930s she settled in the colony for several years. Deeply immersed in artistic life there, she showed with such well-known artists as Laura Knight, Alfred Munnings and Stanhope Forbes. For several years she managed Lanham Galleries in St Ives, which showcased the work of Newlyn and St Ives School painters. In the mid 1940s Sharp returned permanently to her Blomfield Road studio in London, where she remained until her death in 1955.

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Baby and Blue Forget-Me-Nots (Children Playing in the Water verso)
25 x 30in 63.5 x 76.2cm
double-sided oil on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $40,000 CDN
Sold for:   $86,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's April 2005 auction on Saturday, April 30, 2005
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Mother and Child
23 1/2 x 19 1/2in 59.7 x 49.5cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $30,000 - $40,000 CDN
Sold for:   $26,550 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's April 2016 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Painting by the Seaside
10 1/2 x 13 1/2in 26.7 x 34.3cm
double-sided oil on board

Estimate:  $8,000 - $12,000 CDN
Sold for:   $23,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's April 2004 auction on Saturday, April 24, 2004
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The Duck Pond
25 1/4 x 30 1/4in 64.1 x 76.8cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $20,000 - $30,000 CDN
Sold for:   $23,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's April 2008 - 1st Session auction on Saturday, April 26, 2008
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In Cornwall
14 x 16in 35.6 x 40.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $17,700 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's October 2016 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, October 27, 2016
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Seashore
14 x 18in 35.6 x 45.7cm
oil on canvas on board

Estimate:  $20,000 - $25,000 CDN
Sold for:   $17,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's October 2006 - 1st Session auction on Saturday, October 28, 2006
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Beach Scene
20 x 24in 50.8 x 61cm
oil on paper board

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,210 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's October 2008 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, October 30, 2008
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June Flowers
20 x 16in 50.8 x 40.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $8,000 - $12,000 CDN
Sold for:   $10,350 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's October 2002 auction on Saturday, October 26, 2002
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Children Bathing / Woman by the Sea (verso)
10 1/2 x 13 1/2in 26.7 x 34.3cm
double-sided oil on board

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $8,775 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's October 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, October 27, 2011
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Mixed Summer Flowers in a Vase
24 x 20in 61 x 50.8cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $8,000 - $10,000 CDN
Sold for:   $6,435 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's October 2008 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, October 30, 2008
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