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William Sharp

(1749-1824), Engraver

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 73 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 - NPG 897

Thomas Paine

copy by Auguste Millière, after an engraving by William Sharp, after George Romney
oil on canvas, circa 1876 (1792)
NPG 897

Joanna Southcott, by William Sharp - NPG 1402

Joanna Southcott

by William Sharp
pencil, engraved 1812
NPG 1402

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), by William Sharp, published by  George Kearsley - NPG D25420

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)

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

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), by William Sharp - NPG D28002

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)

by William Sharp
line engraving, possibly late 18th century
NPG D28002

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt, by William Sharp - NPG D28011

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

by William Sharp
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D28011

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt, by William Sharp - NPG D28012

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

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

John Dryden, by William Sharp, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30119

John Dryden

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

Sir William Hamilton, by William Sharp - NPG D35270

Sir William Hamilton

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

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt, by William Sharp, after  Unknown artist - NPG D8846

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

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

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt, by William Sharp, after  Unknown artist - NPG D8847

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

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

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt, by William Sharp, after  Unknown artist - NPG D8848

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

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

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt, by William Sharp, after  Unknown artist - NPG D8849

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

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

Robert Blake, by William Sharp - NPG D28992

Robert Blake

by William Sharp
line engraving, published 1779
NPG D28992

Thomas Forrest, by William Sharp, after  John Keyse Sherwin - NPG D2356

Thomas Forrest

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

Joseph Johnson, by William Sharp, after  Moses Haughton the Elder - NPG D3316

Joseph Johnson

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

Joseph Johnson, by William Sharp, after  Moses Haughton the Elder - NPG D3317

Joseph Johnson

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

John Hunter, by and published by William Sharp, and published by  Benjamin Beale Evans, and published by  William Skelton, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D9006

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

John Hunter, by and published by William Sharp, published by  Benjamin Beale Evans, published by  William Skelton, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D36394

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

John Hunter, by and published by William Sharp, published by  Benjamin Beale Evans, published by  William Skelton, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D36395

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

Robert Dundas of Arniston, by and published by William Sharp, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D35798

Robert Dundas of Arniston

by and published by William Sharp, after Sir Henry Raeburn
line engraving, published 1790
NPG D35798

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