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Sir George Scharf

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Sir George Scharf, by A.S. Langdon, 1870 - NPG 4583 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir George Scharf

by A.S. Langdon
chalk, 1870
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (352 mm x 251 mm) overall
acquired, 1967
Primary Collection
NPG 4583

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  • Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Artist and art historian; first Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter in 79 portraits, Artist associated with 80 portraits.

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This portrait shows Scharf at home in his rooms at Ashley Place in Victoria where, when not at the Gallery, he would work surrounded by his extensive private reference library. Scharf's friend the artist A.S. Langdon depicts him drawing on tracing paper, a stylus holding the two sheets together. Alongside the sketchbook drawings, tracings were another important means of recording details of historical portraits and engravings. Formal training at the Royal Academy Schools honed Scharf's skill as a draughtsman, while formative experiences sketching with his artist father George Johann Scharf, fostered a natural impulse to document what he saw.

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