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John Keyse Sherwin (1751-1790), Draughtsman and engraver

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 50 portraits
Sherwin's talents were recognised at an early age and he became a pupil, first of John Astley, and then of Francis Bartolozzi. He studied at the Royal Academy schools between 1770 and 1774, in 1772 gaining the gold medal for a historical picture. He set up on his own in 1774, and over the next six years he exhibited chalk drawings and engravings at the Royal Academy. In 1785, he succeeded William Woollett as engraver to the king. Despite Sherwin's successes, however, he apparently lived a dissolute life, destroying his health and leading to his death at the age of thirty-nine. John Sherwin was the brother of Charles Sherwin, who worked as his assistant.

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David Garrick

by John Keyse Sherwin
pencil, circa 1774
NPG 1187

D10545

Unknown sitter, formerly known as Mary, Queen of Scots

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D10545

D28692

Oliver Cromwell

by John Keyse Sherwin
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D28692

D30129

Samuel Butler

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Gilbert Soest
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D30129

D16434

Capability Brown

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
line and stipple engraving, 1770-1790 (circa 1769)
NPG D16434

D36202

William Wykeham

by John Keyse Sherwin
engraving, published 6 September 1774
NPG D36202

D16421

King George III

by John Keyse Sherwin, after James Cox
line engraving, published 1774
NPG D16421

D5183

James Macpherson

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1775
NPG D5183

D5184

James Macpherson

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1775
NPG D5184

D13970

William Hayes

by John Keyse Sherwin, after John Cornish
stipple and line engraving, circa 1775-1800
NPG D13970

D37467

Robert Lowth

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after Robert Edge Pine
line engraving, published 25 October 1777 (circa 1777)
NPG D37467

D8402

Robert Lowth

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after Robert Edge Pine
line engraving, published 25 October 1777 (circa 1777)
NPG D8402

D32032

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Richard Brompton
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D32032

D2057

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Richard Brompton
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D2057

D19880

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after Richard Brompton
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D19880

D2356

Thomas Forrest

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

D19671

Thomas Pennant

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1 January 1779 (1778)
NPG D19671

D14233

George Keate

by John Keyse Sherwin, after John Plott
line engraving, published 1781
NPG D14233

D17074

Mary Robinson

by John Keyse Sherwin
stipple engraving, 1781
NPG D17074

D11477

Thomas Wilson

by John Keyse Sherwin, by Charles Sherwin, after Joseph Wright
line engraving, published 1782
NPG D11477