A General View of Tunis, a Celebrated Town in Barbary

John Keyse Sherwin (1751 - 1790)

Coloured engraving

1775
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Tunisia
    City: Tunis
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    John Keyse Sherwin was born in Sussex, the son of Francis Sherwin, a labourer. He initially worked as a gardener on William Mitford’s estate near Petworth. In 1769, Mitford sent one of his drawings to the Society of Arts and the work won the silver medal. Sherwin later moved to London, where he studied painting under John Astley and engraving under Bartolozzi. In 1770 he entered the Royal Academy Schools. He set up his own studio in 1774, publishing his first engraving in 1775. During the next ten years he exhibited drawings of historical subjects. He also engraved works by Reynolds, Kauffman, Gainsborough and others. In 1785 he was made Historical Engraver to King George III. However, he died aged just 37 in an alehouse in Westminster.
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  • Details
    Title
    A General View of Tunis, a Celebrated Town in Barbary
    Date
    1775
    Medium
    Coloured engraving
    Dimensions
    height: 24.20 cm, width: 36.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Origin uncertain
    Provenance
    Foreign & Commonwealth Office (British Embassy, Tunis)
    GAC number
    17670