The Good Sharps: The Brothers and Sisters Who Remade Their World


The story of an 18th-century family and their extraordinary achievements. Four brothers, three sisters. From a genteel, religious childhood in the north-east of England, the family would become known in London and across the country as ‘The Good Sharps’. In 1781, the celebrated painter Johan Zoffany made the final strokes on the luminous portrait that attested to their rise, and to their remarkable unity and passion for life. Ambitious, free-thinking and courageous, the Sharps were pioneers in the major movements that defined the 18th century – from politics and philanthropy to medicine and industry. In this vivid, moving biography, Hester Grant charts the siblings’ shared journey to prominence, and explores the values and enduring bonds that inspired their success.