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Charles William Sherborne, 1831-1912

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1831.06.14
Place of Birth: 43 Leicester Square, London
Date of Death: 1912.02.10
Place of Death: 1 Finborough Gardens, South Kensington, London


Charles William Sherborn was an engraver. He was the eldest son of Charles Sherborn, an upholsterer, and Mary Sherborne, the daughter of Richard Bance of Newbury. In 1860 he married Hannah Wait, née Simpson (d. 1922), the daughter of the watchmaker Thomas Davies, and the widow of Thomas Wait, a Liverpool draper. They had four sons and a daughter.


Sherborn studied at the Government school of drawing and design at Somerset House and was also apprenticed to Robert Oliver, a silver-plate engraver in Rupert Street, Soho. In October 1852 he travelled to Paris and Italy. From September 1853 he lived in Geneva where he worked as a goldsmith's designer and engraver. Returning to London in September 1856, he began engraving for London jewellers, first in his father's house, then in Jermyn Street, and then in Warwick Street, Regent Street.

In 1872 he decided to work independently as an etcher and engraver, mainly reproducing contemporary portraits and subject paintings, and designing book-plates. He also made original etchings of London and the Thames, and was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy. He was elected a foundation member of the Society of Painter-Etchers in 1884 and was a close friend of JW's brother-in-law, the etcher, collector and physician, Francis Seymour Haden. He presented a complete set of his book-plates, engravings and etchings to the British Museum.


Sherborn, Charles Davies, The Life and Work of Charles William Sherborn, London, 1912; Lugt, Frits, Les marques de collections de dessins et d'estampes: marques estampillèes et écrites de collections particulières et publiques; marques de marchands, de monteurs et d'imprimeurs; etc..., Amsterdam, 1921, nos. 647-8 ; Dictionary of National Biography Online, Oxford, 1997.