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Robert Stewart Sherriffs

(1906-1960), Caricaturist and cartoonist

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 - NPG 5224(9)

Charlie Chaplin

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink, circa 1928-1936
NPG 5224(9)

(Edward Henry) Gordon Craig, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG 5224(6)

(Edward Henry) Gordon Craig

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, circa 1928-1936
NPG 5224(6)

Harry Gordon Selfridge, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG 5224(1)

Harry Gordon Selfridge

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, circa 1928-1936
NPG 5224(1)

H.G. Wells, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG 5224(3)

H.G. Wells

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink, circa 1928-1936
NPG 5224(3)

Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG 5224(4)

Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink, 1929
NPG 5224(4)

Sir Charles Blake Cochran, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG 5224(5)

Sir Charles Blake Cochran

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, 1934
NPG 5224(5)

H.G. Wells, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG 5224(2)

H.G. Wells

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, 1934
NPG 5224(2)

George Grossmith, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG 5224(7)

George Grossmith

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink, 1936
NPG 5224(7)

Sir Jack Hobbs, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG 5224(8)

Sir Jack Hobbs

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink, 1936
NPG 5224(8)

Gertrude Lawrence, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D18346

Gertrude Lawrence

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink, 1920s
NPG D18346

George Bernard Shaw, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D55

George Bernard Shaw

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink and chalk
NPG D55

Anthony Asquith, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D43

Anthony Asquith

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink, 1927
NPG D43

Alfred George Gardiner, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D44

Alfred George Gardiner

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink, 1927
NPG D44

Compton Mackenzie, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D48

Compton Mackenzie

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink and chalk, probably late 1920s
NPG D48

Norman Long, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D54

Norman Long

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
pen and ink and wash, probably late 1920s
NPG D54

John Galsworthy, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D18337

John Galsworthy

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, probably late 1920s
NPG D18337

J.M. Barrie, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D18339

J.M. Barrie

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and wash, late 1920s
NPG D18339

(Richard Horatio) Edgar Wallace, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D18341

(Richard Horatio) Edgar Wallace

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
black ink, white paint and pencil, late 1920s or early 1930s
NPG D18341

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