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Johann Zoffany, The Sharp Family

Key facts
Full title The Sharp Family
Artist Johann Zoffany
Artist dates 1733? - 1810
Date made 1779-81
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 115.6 × 125.7 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from a private collection
Inventory number L1287
Location Room 35
Image copyright On loan from a private collection, © Lloyd-Baker Estate
Collection Main Collection
The Sharp Family
Johann Zoffany

Granville Sharp (17351813), shown seated at the centre of this lively group, was one of the first British campaigners for the abolition of the slave trade. He was also a renowned scholar and a talented musician. Here Zoffany commemorates the concerts that Sharp and family members staged on their barge, 'Apollo' (which was moored on the Thames at Fulham) from 1775 to 1783.

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