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Sir George Scharf

(1820-1895), Artist and art historian; first Director of the National Portrait Gallery

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 79 portraits
Artist associated with 80 portraits
Artist and art historian; appointed first Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery in 1857 and Director in 1882. Scharf studied art under his father, the draughtsman and lithographer George Scharf, before entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1838. In the 1840s Scharf was twice commissioned as a draughtsman to travel to Asia Minor and, in the late 1840s and early 1850s, established himself as a leading book illustrator. Scharf devoted nearly 40 years to researching and identifying authentic portraits of significant historical figures and became an authority on portraiture.

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Sir George Scharf, by Sir George Scharf - NPG 4053(5)

Sir George Scharf

by Sir George Scharf
pencil and watercolour, late 1870s?
NPG 4053(5)

Sir George Scharf, by Walter William Ouless - NPG 985

Sir George Scharf

by Walter William Ouless
oil on canvas, 1885
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 985

Sir George Scharf, by William Henry Southwell - NPG Ax29972

Sir George Scharf

by William Henry Southwell
albumen carte-de-visite, September 1860
NPG Ax29972

Sir George Scharf, by William Henry Southwell - NPG Ax29973

Sir George Scharf

by William Henry Southwell
albumen carte-de-visite, September 1860
NPG Ax29973

Sir George Scharf, by William Henry Southwell - NPG Ax29974

Sir George Scharf

by William Henry Southwell
albumen carte-de-visite, September 1860
NPG Ax29974

Sir George Scharf, by William Henry Southwell - NPG Ax29975

Sir George Scharf

by William Henry Southwell
albumen carte-de-visite, September 1860
NPG Ax29975

Sir George Scharf, by Maull & Polyblank - NPG Ax29971

Sir George Scharf

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen carte-de-visite, 31 August 1861
NPG Ax29971

Sir George Scharf, by Maull & Polyblank - NPG Ax30346

Sir George Scharf

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen carte-de-visite, 31 August 1861
NPG Ax30346

Sir George Scharf, by Maull & Polyblank - NPG x22529

Sir George Scharf

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen print, arched top, 25 October 1861
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Sir George Scharf, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax29976

Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax29976

Sir George Scharf, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax29977

Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax29977

Sir George Scharf, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax29980

Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax29980

Sir George Scharf, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax29981

Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax29981

Sir George Scharf, by Hon. Edward Stanhope - NPG Ax30342

Sir George Scharf

by Hon. Edward Stanhope
albumen carte-de-visite, 31 August 1863
NPG Ax30342

Sir George Scharf, by George Barker - NPG Ax30343

Sir George Scharf

by George Barker
albumen carte-de-visite, 17 June 1863
NPG Ax30343

Sir George Scharf, by George Barker - NPG Ax30344

Sir George Scharf

by George Barker
albumen carte-de-visite, 17 June 1863
NPG Ax30344

Sir George Scharf, by George Barker - NPG Ax30345

Sir George Scharf

by George Barker
albumen carte-de-visite, 17 June 1863
NPG Ax30345

Sir George Scharf, by Southwell Brothers - NPG Ax29978

Sir George Scharf

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1 August 1864
NPG Ax29978

Sir George Scharf, by Southwell Brothers - NPG Ax29979

Sir George Scharf

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1 August 1864
NPG Ax29979

Sir George Scharf, by Southwell Brothers - NPG Ax29982

Sir George Scharf

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1 August 1864
NPG Ax29982

Sir George Scharf, by Southwell Brothers - NPG Ax29984

Sir George Scharf

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1 August 1864
NPG Ax29984

Sir George Scharf, by Ernest Edwards - NPG Ax29983

Sir George Scharf

by Ernest Edwards
albumen carte-de-visite, 1866
NPG Ax29983

Sir George Scharf, by Ernest Edwards - NPG Ax29985

Sir George Scharf

by Ernest Edwards
albumen carte-de-visite, 1866, published 1867
NPG Ax29985

Sir George Scharf, by Ernest Edwards - NPG Ax30341

Sir George Scharf

by Ernest Edwards
albumen carte-de-visite, 1866
NPG Ax30341

Sir George Scharf, by Ernest Edwards, published by  Alfred William Bennett - NPG Ax31823

Sir George Scharf

by Ernest Edwards, published by Alfred William Bennett
albumen print, published February 1867 (1866)
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Sir George Scharf, by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon) - NPG Ax29986

Sir George Scharf

by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon)
albumen carte-de-visite, 21 August 1867
NPG Ax29986

Sir George Scharf, by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon) - NPG Ax29990

Sir George Scharf

by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon)
albumen carte-de-visite, 21 August 1867
NPG Ax29990

Sir George Scharf, by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon) - NPG Ax29987

Sir George Scharf

by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon)
albumen carte-de-visite, 21 August 1867
NPG Ax29987

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