The Rev. Gregory Sharpe (1713—1771), FRS was a prolific author on religious and philological subjects. Originally from Yorkshire, he went to Cambridge and was ordained deacon in 1737 and priest in 1739. He was chaplain to Frederick, the Prince of Wales until his death in 1751, and later was chaplain to George III. It is presumably through the latter role that he came to know Joshua Kirby.
Sharpe was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1754, his citation reading:
The Revd Gregory Sharpe LLD of Poland Street a Gentleman of great Merit & Learning, well versed in Philosophy & Mathematicks, being desirous of being a Member of the Royal Society is proposed as a Candidate by us, upon our personal knowledge; and we believe if he have the honour to be elected, that he will make a usefull & valuable Member
In the 1760s, Sharpe became a prolific proposer of candidates to Fellowship of the Royal Society, supporting
- Henry Stebbing (1764)
- Thomas Forster (1766)
- Joshua Kirby (1767)
- George Steevens (1767)
- Daniel Minet (1767)
- Charles Moore (1767)
- James Horsfall (1768)
- John Lodge Cowley (1768)
- Andreas Planta (1769)
- Jean-Nicolas Jouin (1770)
- and John Philip de Limbourg (1770)
The only likeness of Sharpe that I know is a mezzotint by Valentine Green made in 1770 from a painting by Richard Crosse.
As well as a noted author, Sharpe was a great book collector, and after his death his extensive library was sold off in an auction that ran for 11 days. Lot 1439 was a copy of Joshua Kirby’s Perspective of Architecture.
See Also: Sharpe’s DNB entry.