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Shearer West

(b London, March 7, 1738; d London, Dec 10, 1806).

English painter and writer. At the age of 15 he was apprenticed to an upholsterer and drew designs for furniture. He became a student at the Duke of Richmond’s gallery in 1759 and opened a drawing school in Soho. In 1761 he became a student at the St Martin’s Lane Academy. He was one of the first students to enrol in the Royal Academy Schools in 1769. He travelled to Italy in c. 1774–6 at the expense of Robert Udney. He exhibited frequently at the Society of Artists, the Free Society and the Royal Academy between 1771 and 1806. His works included biblical and literary subjects such as a scene from the Two Gentlemen of Verona (1799; sold London, at Boydell sale, Christie’s, 17–20 May 1805) painted for John Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery, portraits, and landscapes such as Durham Cathedral (1788; London, V&A).

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