Drawings of fish by George Sheringham (1884-1937), artist, c.1931

Scope and Content

The collection contains fifteen coloured and black and white ink and pencil drawings of fish andtheir environments, made by the artist George Sheringham (1884-1937). These are marked with platenumbers referencing their use in 'The Book of the Flyrod'.

The series of illustrations includes three unidentified fish for plate VI (MS 231/1); a Perch forplate VII (MS 231/2); a Chubb for plate VIII (MS 231/3); a Salmon for plate X1, opposite page 171(MS 231/4); a Trout for heading to chapter XIV, page 145 (MS 231/5); a Dace for heading to chapterXIII, page 129 (MS 231/6); a Trout (MS 231/7); a Sea Devil for heading to Chapter XI, page 109 (MS231/8); an unidentified fish for page 31 (MS 231/9); a lake scene for the head to chapter 10, page99 (MS 231/10); a bag for the tailpiece at the end of chapter IV, page 39 (MS 231/11); a fish in atank for illustrating page 43 (MS 231/12); two unidentified fish for the tailpiece of chapter VII,page 76 (MS 231/13); a weir for the heading to chapter XII, page 121 (MS 231/14); and an open bookfor a bookplate as the title page plate (MS 231/15).

Administrative / Biographical History

George Sheringham, artist, illustrator, costume and stage designer, was born in 1884 and waseducated at Kings School, Gloucester and the Slade School of Art. He first exhibited at the Salon inParis and subsequently had one-man shows in London as well as exhibiting in Berlin, Ghent,Melbourne, New York and Venice. In addition to his influential work in scenery and costume design,he was a prolific book illustrator. Examples included 'Design in the Theatre' (with James Laver),'Illustrations to the Happy Hypocrite' (by Max Beerbohm), 'Canadian Wonder Tales' (by CyrusMacmillan), and 'Pen and Pencil Drawing' (1922). Sheringham died in 1937.

In 1931 George Sheringham illustrated the text of 'The Book of the Fly Rod' (London: Eyre andSpottiswoode, 1931), written by Hugh Tempest Sheringham and John Cecil Moore.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email mss-library@nottingham.ac.uk).

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in July1978.

Related Material

  • Victoria and Albert Museum; National Art Library: Papers relating to George Sheringhamincluding biographical material, a fragment of an autobiography, and a record of purchase and pricesof picture and fans. c.1890-c.1938. References: MSL/1968/416, MSL/1970/2864


  • Hugh Tempest Sheringham and John Cecil Moore, 'The Book of the Fly Rod' (London: Eyre andSpottiswoode, 1931)