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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 Ernest Edwards - NPG Ax29988

Sir George Scharf

by Ernest Edwards
albumen carte-de-visite, 19 June 1868
NPG Ax29988

Sir George Scharf, by Ernest Edwards - NPG Ax29989

Sir George Scharf

by Ernest Edwards
albumen carte-de-visite, 19 June 1868
NPG Ax29989

Sir George Scharf, by Unknown photographer - NPG x4982

Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, 29 November 1876
NPG x4982

Sir George Scharf, by J.C. Stodart - NPG Ax13958

Sir George Scharf

by J.C. Stodart
albumen cabinet card, mid-late 1880s
NPG Ax13958

Sir George Scharf, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x22530

Sir George Scharf

by Alexander Bassano
albumen cabinet card, 5 June 1885
NPG x22530

Sir George Scharf, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x22531

Sir George Scharf

by Alexander Bassano
albumen cabinet card, 5 June 1885
NPG x22531

Sir George Scharf, by Henry Dixon & Son, after  Walter William Ouless - NPG Ax134834

Sir George Scharf

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Walter William Ouless
cabinet card, 1889 (1885)
NPG Ax134834

Freeman M. O'Donoghue; Sir George Scharf, by J.C. Stodart - NPG x22543

Freeman M. O'Donoghue; Sir George Scharf

by J.C. Stodart
albumen cabinet card, 22-26 July 1886
NPG x22543

Sir George Scharf, by John James Fisher - NPG Ax13957

Sir George Scharf

by John James Fisher
albumen cabinet card, 6 February 1889
NPG Ax13957

Sir George Scharf, by John James Fisher - NPG x22540

Sir George Scharf

by John James Fisher
albumen cabinet card, 6 February 1889
NPG x22540

Sir George Scharf, by Sir George Scharf - NPG D20912

Sir George Scharf

by Sir George Scharf
pencil on tracing paper, (1872)
NPG D20912

Sir George Scharf and friends, by Sir George Scharf - NPG D6712

Sir George Scharf and friends

by Sir George Scharf
lithograph, 1873
NPG D6712

Sir George Scharf and friends, by Sir George Scharf - NPG D6713

Sir George Scharf and friends

by Sir George Scharf
lithograph, 1873
NPG D6713

Sir George Scharf and friends, by Sir George Scharf - NPG D6714

Sir George Scharf and friends

by Sir George Scharf
lithograph, 1873
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D6714

Sir George Scharf and friends, by Sir George Scharf - NPG D6715

Sir George Scharf and friends

by Sir George Scharf
lithograph, 1873
NPG D6715

Sir George Scharf and friends, by Sir George Scharf - NPG D6716

Sir George Scharf and friends

by Sir George Scharf
lithograph, 1873
NPG D6716

Sir George Scharf and friends, by Sir George Scharf - NPG D6717

Sir George Scharf and friends

by Sir George Scharf
lithograph, 1873
NPG D6717

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Sir George Scharf

by Ernest Edwards
albumen carte-de-visite, 1866
NPG Ax19851

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