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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
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3507


George Augustus Sala

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


George Augustus Sala

by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, 1889
NPG 2261


George Augustus Sala

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


George Augustus Sala

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


George Augustus Sala

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


George Augustus Sala

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
NPG x22338


George Augustus Sala

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


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
carbon print, published February 1891
NPG Ax9166


George Augustus Sala

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1893
NPG x197587


George Augustus Sala

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


George Augustus Sala

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


George Augustus Sala

by York & Son
lantern slide, 1890s
NPG x3668


George Augustus Sala

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


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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