Ref NoEHS/C/13
TitlePersonal correspondence: to EHS: from Florence Chaplin Shepard
DescriptionFlorence Eleanor Chaplin Shepard, Ernest Shepard's first wife, was born in 1875. Her grandfather, Ebenezer Landsells, was one of the founders of PUNCH, and she herself had considerable artistic talent, as Shepard notes in DRAWN FROM LIFE. She studied at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, where she and Ernest Shepard met, probably not long after he started there in 1898. They privately agreed on an engagement in 1902, but did not make it public until about two months before their 28 September 1904 wedding because of their penury. After their marriage, Florence appears to have continued working as an artist, though it is unclear whether she did so for pay or if any of her artwork has survived. During World War I,
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