Dorothea Sharp was a British landscape painter. She studied at the Art School in Richmond under Charles Edward Johnson, and at the Regent Street Polytechnic working under Sir David Murray and George Clausen, and later studied in Paris. In the 1920s and 30s Dorothea Sharp travelled widely in Europe, visiting the South of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. She worked within the tradition of the French Impressionists, and similarities with Monet can be seen in her treatment of light and colour. During her regular summer visits to St. Ives in the 1920s she began depicting playful scenes of children. Sharp’s charming depictions of children are now her most celebrated works. Spontaneous brushstrokes, the use of glowing colours, and the clarity of light define her as a significant figure in 20th-century British painting.
From 1901 to 1948 she exhibited at the Royal Academy. She exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1907 and was elected member the same year. She also exhibited at the Society of Women Artists, becoming a member in 1922. From 1932 to 1933 she served as their Vice President. Sharp was elected an honorary member of the St. Ives Society of Artists and in the late 1930s she settled there for a few years and exhibited alongside artists such as Dame Laura Knight and Stanhope Forbes. Manchester City Art Gallery, The Laing Art Gallery and the Museum of Newcastle upon Tyne hold examples of her work.