John Rattenbury Skeaping (British, 1901-1980)
Watercolor on paper, signed lower right.
Painting Size: 22.25” x 30.25”
John Rattenbury Skeaping, RA was an animal and equestrian painter and a sculptor, specializing particularly in racing scenes, portraits and sculptures of horses. Born in South Woodford, Essex, Skeaping was the son of painter Kenneth Skeaping. Educated by his parents, he started to draw horses at the age of three and at thirteen became a full-time student at Blackheath School of Art. From there he continued to Goldsmith's College, London, and later at the Royal Academy Schools. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1922 and in 1924, while studying in Italy, won the Prix de Rome. He was the first husband of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, with whom he exhibited during the 1920s. He was a member of the London Group, and later worked for a period in Mexico. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1960. Later in his life he lived in Devon near the village of Chagford and then moved to the Camargue, France in 1959.
Skeaping was the author of “Animal Drawing” (1934), “How to Draw Horses” (1941) and “Les Animeaux dans l’Art” (1969).
Skeaping’s work is represented in The Tate, the British Museum and the Royal Academy in London, among many others. His paintings are also represented abroad in Australia, Japan and the USA.
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