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Robert Stewart Sherriffs (1906-1960)

Artist of 39 portraits
Sherriffs attended Edinburgh College of Art where he initially studied heraldic design in addition to fine art. His first published caricature, of actor John Barrymore in the Bystander, was spotted by Beverley Nichols, who asked him to illustrate the 'Woad' series of celebrity profiles that he wrote in the Sketch. Sheriffs went on to produce regular full-page theatre and film drawings for the magazine. From 1927, he contributed drawings to the Radio Times. He illustrated a number of books, beginning in 1930 with Christopher Marlowe's The Life and Death of Tamburlaine the Great. He also worked as film caricaturist on Punch from 1948 until 1960.

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Charlie Chaplin

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink, circa 1928-1936
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(Edward Henry) Gordon Craig

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, circa 1928-1936
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Harry Gordon Selfridge

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, circa 1928-1936
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H.G. Wells

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink, circa 1928-1936
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Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink, 1929
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Sir Charles Blake Cochran

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, 1934
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H.G. Wells

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, 1934
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George Grossmith

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink, 1936
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Sir John Berry ('Jack') Hobbs

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink, 1936
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Gertrude Lawrence

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink, 1920s
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George Bernard Shaw

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink and chalk
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Anthony Asquith

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink, 1927
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Alfred George Gardiner

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink, 1927
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Compton Mackenzie

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink and chalk, probably late 1920s
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Norman Long

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink and wash, probably late 1920s
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John Galsworthy

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, probably late 1920s
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J.M. Barrie

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and wash, late 1920s
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(Richard Horatio) Edgar Wallace

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
black ink, white paint and pencil, late 1920s or early 1930s
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