(1749 - 1824)
William Sharp was active/lived in England. William Sharp is known for history and literature line engraving.
Biography William Sharp
William Sharp was an English line-engraver and artist.
Sharp was the son of a reputable gunsmith who lived at Haydon's Yard, Minories in central London. He was apprenticed to the bright-cut engraver and genealogist, Barak Longmate (1738–93), and after marriage, to a Frenchwoman, set himself up as a writing engraver in Bartholomew Lane (off Threadneedle Street).
His first notable work was an engraving of Hector, an old lion at the Tower of London. Around 1782, he sold the shop and moved to Vauxhall, intending to specialise in the higher branches (i.e. engraving for printing) of the engraver's art. Among his earlier plates are some illustrations, after Stothard, for the Novelists' Magazine. He also completed the pl
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