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Dorothea Sharp ROI, RBA, PSWA

British 1874-1955
Dorothea Sharp was born in Dartford, Kent.
Despite her family's disapproval, she trained at Regent Street Polytechnic under George CLAUSEN and David Murray, and in Paris where she discovered the work of Monet.. The latter greatly influenced her handling of subjects and colour in impressionist fashion. The Artist (journal) made much of her work, considering her to be one of the greatest women painters of her time.

Dorothea Sharp first visited St Ives in 1920 and took one of the Porthmeor Studios which she retained over many years, despite also having a permanent home in London all of her life. In St Ives she also met her lifelong friend Marcella SMITH. In 1928, when the St Ives Society of Artists was re-organising its efforts and inviting distinguished artists to become honorary members, Dorothea Sharp was one of those invited..

During WWII she moved to St Ives and she and her friend, Marcella Smith became prominent members of STISA. Titles include Paddling at St Ives (c1930), Sand Castles (B&W Ill, Falmouth Exh Cat), A Sunlit Garden, The Warren, St Ives (c1930) and Flowers in a Window. Her paintings are held in many permanent collections.



Landscape, figure and flower painter, and writer/editor..


Personal bibliography:. Author of Series of self-illustrated articles on 'Oil Painting' [in] The Artist, from Volume 1, No 1, March 1931 - 1932. [Many ills of this artist's work and her posed photo] 'Artists of Note, No 2' in series: 'Dorothea Sharp, ROI, RBA' [in] The Artist, April 1935 pp 55-58, with coloured plate of her painting Cornish Holiday and other illustrations.


A fabulous book by H Entwisle (2010) Dorothea Sharp, A Biography.


Cross Shining Sands; Hardie (2009) Artists Newlyn & West Cornwall p344-5, colour plate: Woman and child; Hoyle, H (September 2010 Women Artists in Cornwall www.cornishmuse.blogspot.com) Review of 'Sea Change' exhibition, Penlee House); Johnson & Greutzner; Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership; Tovey (2000) George Fagan Bradshaw - Submariner & Marine Artist, etc. STISA Principal members list page 228; Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash (illustration); Wallace et al (1996) Women Painters in Cornwall 1880-1940; Whybrow (1994) St Ives; Wormleighton Morning Tide..

Sharp held membership with the following associations:.

SWA; RBA; ROI; VPSWA; STISA; London Women's Club.


RA (54); Chenil; Connell (34); FIN; GL; GI (11); Haynes Fine Art (1998-2013); RBA (154); RHA; ROI (44); RSA; SWA (107); STISA;Women Artists (Falmouth AG, Group 1996);
Women Painters (Penlee, Group 2002)..

Access to Work:.

Belfast, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Doncaster, Leamington, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Northampton, Oldham; Rochdale; Stoke; Torquay; Worthing Auckland, Harare; Hobart; Haynes Fine Art, Picton House in Broadway, Worcestershire; Johannesburg and others..

Public Collections;.

Sea-Bathers (Newport Museum and Art Gallery); White Ducks (Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery) repr Tovey 2003 colour plate; Woman and Child on the Foreshore (oil on canvas) at Penlee House, Penzance..

Works by this artist…

  • By the Blue Sea
    By the Blue Sea
    ( ref : 16439 )
  • In the Garden
    In the Garden
    ( ref : 16438 )
  • Summer Rays
    Summer Rays
    ( ref : 16186 )
  • Morning Playtime
    Morning Playtime
    ( ref : 16224 )
  • Morning Light
    Morning Light
    ( ref : 16398 )
  • Walking with Big Sister
    Walking with Big Sister
    ( ref : 16066 )
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