Capt:n Tho,,s Forrest [Captain Thomas Forrest]

Method Copper engraving
Artist William Sharp after John Keyse Sherwin
Published Published by the Author as the Act directs, Jany.30th 1779
Dimensions Image 255 x 182 mm, Sheet 268 x 205 mm
Notes Inscribed below sitters name and crest : "Ætat 50 Mid.n in the Navy in 1745"

An engraved portrait of Captain Thomas Forrest (c. 1729 – c. 1802), a navigator for the British East India Company. Forrest is depicted seated at a table pointing to a chart laid out in front of him, two garay boats can be seen at sea in the background, one of which is likely to be 'Tartar' the garay boat commissioned by Forrest in his 1774 expedition to New Guinea. This print formed the frontis piece to Forrest's "A Voyage To New Guinea, And The Moluccas, From Balambangan: Including An Account of Magiindano, Sooloo, And Other Islands..." published in 1779.

William Sharp (fl. 1749-1824) was an English engraver. He apprenticed to Barak Longmate, who was a heraldic engraver. Sharp started up his own shop in Bartholomew Lane, working as a prolific book-illustrator and producing many ex libris or bookplates, trade cards etc. In 1771 he studied at the Royal Academy Schools, and ended up becoming one of the most distinguished line engravers in Britain.

John Keyse Sherwin (1751 - 24th September 1790) was a British engraver, etcher, and painter, best known for his plates after Poussin, Murillo, and Gainsborough. Despite his reputation as a profligate and a gambler, Sherwin was a very talented engraver, who was allegedly capable of working ambidextrously.

O'Donoghue 1

Condition: Trimmed just below crest and publication line. Surface abrasion to right margin and inscription space, not affecting image or inscription.
Framing unmounted
Price £100.00
Stock ID 52288