George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), Journalist
Sitter in 14 portraits
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.