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Robert Stewart Sherriffs

(1906-1960), Caricaturist and cartoonist

Artist associated with 41 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)

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

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)

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

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, circa 1927
NPG D18341

David Richard Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG D18342

David Richard Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and crayon, probably late 1920s or early 1930s
NPG D18342

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Brian Benjamin

09 July 2019, 13:47

Sherrifs also produced 12 brilliant illustrations for the Collins 1947 edition of The Rubaiyat.

Loren J MacGregor

08 July 2019, 20:44

In addition to Sherriffs' work as listed in your bio, you might consider his illustrations for the Rubaiyat, FitzGerald translation, as edited by George F. Main and published by the Collins Clear-Type Press (London; 1947). The bold line from his caricatures carries over to his color portraits, which are both vivid and evocative of a dream-like atmosphere well-suited to the fanciful flight of FitzGerald's language.

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, FitzGerald version as edited by George F. Main. Publisher: Collins Clear-Type Press; London; 1947


The twelve illustrations contained in one or more of the first five editions were printed in six colours by the offset process. These include the following.

First Edition
Illustrations to Quatrains 1, 27, 51 and 74 will be found facing pages 53, 66, 78 and 89.

Second Edition
Illustrations to Quatrains 19, 46, 57 and 73 will be found facing pages 102, 115, 121, and 129. The frontispiece illustrates Quatrain 71.

Fifth Edition
Illustrations to Quatrains 12. 34 and 70 will be found facing pages 156, 167 and 185.

Doug Harding

03 April 2019, 19:00

He illustrated one of my favourite children’s books - Captain Boldheart by Charles Dickens

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