Exshaw, Charles (DNB00)

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EXSHAW, CHARLES (d. 1771), painter and engraver, a native of Dublin, was one of the early competitors for the Society of Arts' premium for an historical painting, with a picture of ‘The Black Prince entertaining the captive French Monarch after the Battle of Cressy.’ He is said to have studied in Rome, but in 1757 he was in Paris as a pupil of Carle Vanloo, and he executed four engravings of that painter's children in a combined method of etching and mezzotint engraving. From Paris he proceeded to Amsterdam, where he especially studied the works of Rembrandt, and executed two fine etchings from his pictures, 'Potiphar's Wife making Accusation against Joseph' and ' Christ with his Disciples at Sea in a Storm,' the latter plate being dated l760. He also executed some etchings and mezzotint engravings of heads of boors and peasants after various Dutch masters, and a mezzotint engraving of 'A Girl with a Basket of Cherries, and Two Boys,' after Rubens. He subsequently settled in London, and unsuccessfully attempted to establish a drawing-school, after the example of the Caracci, in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden. He died early in 1771, and in April of that year his collection of studies and pictures was sold by auction. In 1781 he exhibited two pictures and drawing at the Society of British Artists, including a view of Salisbury.

[Dodd's manuscript Hist. of English Engravers; Edwards's Anecd. of Painters; Redgraves Dict. of Artists; Chaloner Smith's British Mezzotinto Portraits; Nagler's Kunstler-Lezikon; Graves' Dict, of Artists, 1760-1880.]

L. C.