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Matilda Sharpe (1830-1915)

Artist of 3 portraits
The daughter of Egyptologist Samuel Sharpe, Matilda Sharpe was a gifted painter who exhibited at the Royal Academy, but she devoted much of her life to teaching. In 1885 she established Channing House School on Highgate Hill, a boarding school for the daughters of Unitarian ministers and other Unitarians. Sharpe published an anthology of poetry, Old Favourites from the Elder Poets, in 1881 and 1912, in which she included nine women poets, particularly the Unitarian Anna Letitia Barbauld. She also wrote four books of proverbs, moral maxims, and poetical comments on modern times.

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Samuel Davidson

by Matilda Sharpe
chalk, circa 1850s
NPG 1539


Joseph Bonomi the Younger

by Matilda Sharpe
oil on canvas, 1868
NPG 1477


Samuel Sharpe

by Matilda Sharpe
oil on canvas, 1868
NPG 1476