William Godwin's Diary


This is probably a visit to the studio of the engraver William Sharp (1749-1824). Sharp’s engraving of Thomas Paine after George Romney (1734-1802) was later painted by Auguste Millière (circa 1876). Both are now in the primary collection at the National Portrait Gallery. Sharp was also responsible for engraving two large plates of scenes from the siege and relief of Gibraltar (1781): The Sortie, after Trumbull, published in 1799, and The Destruction of the Floating Battery, after Copley, published with a keyplate in 1810.

‘Fuseli’s Devil’ most likely refers to one of Henry Fuseli’s paintings produced for Thomas Macklin's Bible project or the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery.

See DNB and The National Portrait Gallery, London.