George Sheringham (1884 – 1937) British Interior and Textile designer

George Sheringham Portrait

George Sheringham (1884 – 1937) was a British painter and theatre designer. He is known for designing for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in the 1930s.


He was born in London and had a brother, Hugh, an Angling Editor of The Field. He attended the King’s School, Gloucester, the Slade School of Fine Art (1899–1901), and the Sorbonne, Paris (1904–1906).

Painting and Illustrator

Sheringham first exhibited in Paris and later in Venice, Brussels, and Berlin. In the space of one year, he held seven solo exhibitions in London. He participated in the society’s 1922 exhibit. In 1921, he worked with his brother Hugh on a book about fishing, The Book of the Fly Rod. He penned Drawing in Pen and Pencil (1922), with James Laver, Design in the Theatre (1927), and he co-edited Robes of Thespis, Costume Designs by Modern Artists (1928). His paintings were also a part of the Olympic painting competition held in 1932.

  • How Summer Came to Canada: Canadian Wonder Tales ca. 1918 by George Sheringham
  • Design for a Fan by George Sheringham 1884-1937
  • La Princesse Bondour, Design for a Fan by George Sheringham (British, London 1884–1937 London)


As a decorator, Sheringham designed the music room at 40 Devonshire House, London; for the 8th Baron Howard de Walden (also Baron Seaford) to illustrate his Celtic poem, The Cauldron of Anwn; the ballroom at Claridge’s Hotel; and the Paris Exhibition of 1937. He also created designs used in home decor. Sheringham was one of the first recipients of the prestigious Royal Designers for Industry award in 1937. He became known as a fan designer, too.

Stage Designer

Sheringham designed scenery and costumes for ballets, opera and straight theatre, including The Clandestine Marriage, The Skin Game, The Lady of the Camellias, Othello, Love in a Village, Derby Day, The Duenna, and the Stratford Memorial Theatre’s opening production of Twelfth Night, and Hamlet. In the theatre, he worked closely with the actor-manager Nigel Playfair.

For D’Oyly Carte, he designed new productions of H.M.S. Pinafore (1929); The Pirates of Penzance (1929); Patience (1929, with other designs contributed by Hugo Rumbold); Trial by Jury (costumes only) and Iolanthe (costumes only, 1932).

Later Years

Sheringham won a Grand Prix at the Paris Salon in 1925 for murals and theatrical design. An invalid from 1932, he continued to paint flowers.

On November 11, 1937, he died at the age of 53 in his home in Hampstead, London.


Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, May 6). George Sheringham. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:00, June 7, 2021, from

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