Somewhere in England, Winter of '43

David Shepherd


 Winter of '43, Lancaster, aviation
Winter of '43-Somewhere in England
Signed Limited Edition print of 850
Published 1977
Image Size 37" x 20"

The signed limited edition shown above contains the personal signatures of many of the crew, pilots, navigators working during this era.
We have one of 'Winter of '43' as a limited edition, personally signed by David Shepherd,.
This painting is regarded as one of David's finest aviation paintings;
However, the signed copy above is a very rare and exclusive document, destined for a specialist collector or museum.
In over 30 years of specialising with David Shepherd's work, we have not come across such a print with this quantity of signatures

The Lancaster was the work-horse of RAF Bomber Command and the most successful bomber of World War Two.
Lancaster crews took part in 156,000 missions and dropped 618,378 tons of bombs on targets in Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe.

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In the early 1960s the first print was published of David's work 'Wise Old Elephant'. This was a bold move at the time, as until then wildlife prints had been relatively sparce. Disributed by Boots, his first print, which was purely decorative and sold as a poster print, sold more prints than any other print worldwide. Providing the recognition necessary for a successful career, David Shepherd's name soon became synonymous with wildlife art. Within several years a number of his paintings had been published as poster prints and sold 'en masse' throughout the world.
Collectible prints were published as limited editions which were signed and numbered by David Shepherd.

Due to the strictly limited number of prints issued of any particular title and the demand for his work; these limited edition prints became highly collectable. Not only would a signed limited edition sell out completely on the day of publication, but there would often be a waiting list as long as the entire edition should any come back to the publishers as available.
In the case of 'Burning Bright' the publishers raised the edition to 2,000 copies which is a large limited edition by any standards. The entire edition sold out within hours, and there were another 2,500 orders left unfulfilled.
Limited editions signed by the David Shepherd became an excellent investment; on publication demand always far outreached supply, so a strong secondary market was created which saw some titles escalate enormously in price.

For collectors wishing to spend several hundred pounds, as opposed to tens of thousands for an original painting, with the added bonus that the value of the limited edition print would increase, this became an excellent option, and as there were no more signed limited edition prints produced of a particular painting, these prints increased greatly in value as the demand for David's work increased. The publishers produced a secondary price list of work that they had sold throughout the years, and the prices that limited edition prints had been sold for on the secondary market. The list is very impressive, perhaps more useful as an insurance guide than a strict selling price, but nevertheless very sucessful.


Many books have been published and are still being published by David and others on the artist and his work.
Here are a few of the first that have long since been sold out, and available only on the secondary market.

'The Man Who Loves Giants' David Shepherd's first autobiographical book was published in 1976 which very quickly became a best seller. This was revised and updated in 1989 as subsequent editions were published.
'A Brush With Steam' A second book illustrating his love for steam trains was published in 1984
'The Man and his Paintings' in 1985 was the first comprehensive book showing a complete spectrum of David's work.
'An Artist in Conservation' was released in 1992 which illustrated some of Mr Shepherd's finest paintings.
'My Painting Life' published in 1995
'Only One World' 1995
'Painting with David Shepherd, Unique Studio Secrets Revealed' was published in 2004

TV Documentaries

'The Man Who Loved Giants' was the title for this film of David Shepherd's life story produced in 1972 by the late James Stewart.
The documentary was shown worldwide.
'TheLast TraintoMulobezi' tells an exciting story of the survival of an ancient locomotive and railway coach from the Zambezi
Sawmills Railway and their 12,000 mile journey back to England.
The train was given as a gift by Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the President of Zambia, and after raising enough money
through the sale of paintings in USA. A helicopter was bought and given to Zambia to help prevent poaching.
'InSearch ofWildlife' A series of six half hour programmes produced by Thames TV
Illustrating the plight of endangered mammals throughout the world.
These were later broadcast in the USA.
'Nature Watch' with Julian Pettifer began in 1990 and David Shepherd produced the first programme in the series.
'This is Your Life' David Shepherd has been the subject of the programme.


1971 HonoraryDegree in FineArts bythe PrattInstitute in NewYork.
1973 TheOrder ofthe GoldenArk byHRH ThePrince ofTheNetherlands for his services to conservation.
1979 MemberofHonour of the World Wide Fund for Nature
1979 The Order of the British Empire for his services to wildlife conservation. O.B.E.
1986 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
1988 President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia awarded him with the OrderofDistinguished Service.
1988 Made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
1988 Honorary Doctorate of Science of Hatfield Polytechnic (now the University of Hertfordshire) in 1990.
1996 Officer (Brother) of the Order of St. John.
2004 Granted the Freedom of the City of London.
2008 Awarded a C.B.E. for services to charity and wildlife
We specialize in signed prints and original paintings and drawings by the world acclaimed artist L.S.Lowry.
The demand for his work has now reached record highs, and due to the relatively few signed limited edition prints available, they are proving to be an excellent investment, much greater than any current banking investments.
A watercolourist, whose work needs little introduction in the world of art is Sir William Russell Flint.
We stock hundreds of this artist's signed limited edition prints and always a fine selection of his original watercolour paintings.
Throughout his life Sir William Russell Flint has spent many years painting beautiful watercolour images of scenes in France,
in particular Dordogne and the Perigord, where this beautiful holiday house is to let click here
and offers complete tranquility and relaxation.
There are also a number of signed limited edition prints of paintings from Britanny, The Loire, Ardeche, Provence.
We have for sale several original paintings from the south west France, near to the beautiful towns of Brantome and Perigueux and also Languedoc
His work has now become regarded as some of the finest watercolour paintings in the world.
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