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George Augustus Sala

(1828-1895), Journalist

Sitter in 17 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
One of the most popular and prolific writers of his day, Sala was also one of its most flamboyant personalities. Sala had a bohemian upbringing distinct from most of his literary contemporaries. He was educated in Paris and became an artist, working as a theatrical scene-painter and illustrator for magazines. Exchanging pencil for pen, he began writing for Charles Dickens's publication Household Words in 1851. He went on to publish volumes of fiction, collected essays, travel writing and dramatic works but his greatest fame came as a special correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. Always opinionated and entertaining, he was a pioneer of the 'leader' article and exercised considerable influence over public opinion.

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George Augustus Sala, by Harry Furniss - NPG 3507

George Augustus Sala

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3507

George Augustus Sala, by Sydney Prior Hall - NPG 2260

George Augustus Sala

by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, published in The Graphic 16 March 1889
NPG 2260

George Augustus Sala, by Sydney Prior Hall - NPG 2261

George Augustus Sala

by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, 1889
NPG 2261

George Augustus Sala, by Unknown photographer - NPG x5182

George Augustus Sala

by Unknown photographer
ambrotype in display case, late 1850s
NPG x5182

George Augustus Sala, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax39902

George Augustus Sala

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax39902

George Augustus Sala, by John & Charles Watkins - NPG x22336

George Augustus Sala

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x22336

George Augustus Sala, by John & Charles Watkins - NPG x22337

George Augustus Sala

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x22337

George Augustus Sala, by Unknown photographer - NPG x22338

George Augustus Sala

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
NPG x22338

George Augustus Sala, by Unknown photographer, printed by  William Wright - NPG x197387

George Augustus Sala

by Unknown photographer, printed by William Wright
woodburytype cabinet card, 1870s
NPG x197387

George Augustus Sala, by Imperial Photographic Co - NPG x38837

George Augustus Sala

by Imperial Photographic Co
albumen cabinet card, early-mid 1880s
NPG x38837

George Augustus Sala, by Walery, published by  Sampson Low & Co - NPG Ax9166

George Augustus Sala

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published February 1891
NPG Ax9166

George Augustus Sala, by Unknown photographer - NPG x197587

George Augustus Sala

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1893
NPG x197587

George Augustus Sala ('Men of the Day. No. 110.'), by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG D43711

George Augustus Sala ('Men of the Day. No. 110.')

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 25 September 1875
NPG D43711

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George Augustus Sala

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x76797

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George Augustus Sala

by York & Son
lantern slide, 1890s
NPG x3668

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George Augustus Sala

by Daniel John Pound, after John & Charles Watkins
stipple and line engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D40020

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