George Augustus Sala

1 portrait

George Augustus Sala, by Harry Furniss, 1880s-1900s - NPG 3507 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

George Augustus Sala

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
15 1/4 in. x 12 1/2 in. (387 mm x 318 mm)
Purchased, 1947
Primary Collection
NPG 3507


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  • George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), Journalist. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.

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  • Harry Furniss (1854-1925), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 433 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

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Sala was a popular subject for caricaturists but he was also quick to anger. In 1890, he sued Harry Furniss for libel for £500 in retaliation to an anecdote that claimed Sala had failed the entrance exam for the Royal Academy Schools by drawing a foot with six toes. The trial was relished by the press, generating an abundance of bad puns such as 'out of the Furniss into the fire'. Much to his embarrassment, Sala was awarded just £5 in damages.

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