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William Sharp (1749-1824), Engraver

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 72 portraits
One of England's most heralded engravers of the late eighteenth century, William Sharp began his career as an engraver of pewter pots and tankards. From 1771, he studied at the Royal Academy schools, after which he set himself up as a line engraver. Sharp's reputation was made with his engraving, Alfred the Great Dividing his Loaf with the Pilgrim, after Benjamin West and published by Boydell in 1782. One of the eighteenth century's most accomplished line engravers, Sharp excelled at portraits and allegorical and historical scenes based upon the designs of such contemporary British painters as West, Sir Joshua Reynolds and George Romney.

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Thomas Paine

copy by Auguste Millière, after an engraving by William Sharp, after George Romney
oil on canvas, circa 1876 (1792)
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Joanna Southcott

by William Sharp
pencil, engraved 1812
NPG 1402

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Sir Walter Ralegh

by William Sharp, published by George Kearsley
line engraving, possibly late 18th century
NPG D25420

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Sir Walter Ralegh

by William Sharp
line engraving, possibly late 18th century
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Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

by William Sharp
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
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Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

by William Sharp
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D28012

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John Dryden

by William Sharp, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century (1698)
NPG D30119

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Sir William Hamilton

by William Sharp
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D35270

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Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

by William Sharp, after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D8846

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Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

by William Sharp, after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D8847

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Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

by William Sharp, after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D8848

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Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

by William Sharp, after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D8849

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Robert Blake

by William Sharp
line engraving, published 1779
NPG D28992

D2356

Thomas Forrest

by William Sharp, after John Keyse Sherwin
line engraving, published 1779
NPG D2356

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Joseph Johnson

by William Sharp, after Moses Haughton the Elder
line engraving, circa 1780-1820
NPG D3316

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Joseph Johnson

by William Sharp, after Moses Haughton the Elder
line engraving, circa 1780-1820
NPG D3317

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John Hunter

by and published by William Sharp, and published by Benjamin Beale Evans, and published by William Skelton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1 January 1788 (1786)
NPG D9006

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John Hunter

by and published by William Sharp, published by Benjamin Beale Evans, published by William Skelton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1 January 1788 (1786)
NPG D36394

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John Hunter

by and published by William Sharp, published by Benjamin Beale Evans, published by William Skelton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1 January 1788 (1786)
NPG D36395

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Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine

by and published by William Sharp, after Richard Cosway
line engraving, published 2 May 1791
NPG D15331