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150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian



William Sharp, 1749-1824
after Benjamin West, 1738-1820

King Lear
Etching and engraving, 1793
S. A. Schoff Collection
Leonard Hastings Schoff bequest, 1979

Many collectors considered Sharp's engraving of King Lear the finest of the one hundred large engravings made after paintings commissioned by London publisher and gallery owner John Boydell. George Perkins Marsh and Thomas Jefferson also owned prints from Boydell's Shakspeare Gallery series.


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