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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 Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, 29 November 1876
NPG x1368

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Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, 29 November 1876
NPG x22533

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Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, 29 November 1876
NPG x22534

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Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, 29 November 1876
NPG x22535

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Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, 29 November 1876
NPG x22536

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Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, 29 November 1876
NPG x22537

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Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, 29 November 1876
NPG x22538

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Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, 29 November 1876
NPG x22539

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Sir George Scharf

by Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, 29 November 1876
NPG x22532

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Sir George Scharf

by John James Fisher
albumen cabinet card, 6 February 1889
NPG x22541

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Sir George Scharf

by John James Fisher
albumen cabinet card, 6 February 1889
NPG x22542

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Sir George Scharf

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Walter William Ouless
photograph, 1889 (1885)
NPG D40566

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Sir George Scharf

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Walter William Ouless
photograph, 1889 (1885)
NPG D40567

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Sir George Scharf

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Walter William Ouless
photograph, 1889 (1885)
NPG D40568

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Sir George Scharf

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Walter William Ouless
photograph, 1889 (1885)
NPG D40569

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Sir George Scharf

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Walter William Ouless
photograph, 1889 (1885)
NPG D40570

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Sir George Scharf

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Walter William Ouless
photograph, 1889 (1885)
NPG D40571

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Sir George Scharf

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Walter William Ouless
photograph, 1889 (1885)
NPG D40572

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Key to Private View of the Old Masters Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1888

after Henry Jamyn Brooks
photograph, 1919 or after
NPG D42236

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