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The Funeral of Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

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The Funeral of Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay, by Sir George Scharf, 1860 - NPG 2689 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Funeral of Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

by Sir George Scharf
pen and ink, 1860
9 3/4 in. x 15 in. (248 mm x 381 mm)
Given by James Richard Stanhope, 7th Earl of Stanhope, 1934
Primary Collection
NPG 2689


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  • Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Artist and art historian; first Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Artist associated with 79 portraits, Sitter in 79 portraits.

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Macauley is best known for his History of England (1848-55), and his narrative poem 'Lays of Ancient Rome' (1842), but he was also a prolific essayist as well as following an active political career. He became a Member of Parliament (1830) and served on the supreme council of India and as Secretary for War, (1839-41). One of the great intellectual figures of the Victorian age, he is buried in Westminster Abbey. This sketch of the occasion is by George Scharf, the first director of the National Portrait Gallery.

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