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Sir George Scharf and friends

2 of 8 portraits of Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks

Sir George Scharf and friends, by Sir George Scharf, 1873 - NPG D6712 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir George Scharf and friends

by Sir George Scharf
lithograph, 1873
11 1/4 in. x 10 1/2 in. (286 mm x 267 mm) paper size
Transferred from Sir George Scharf
Reference Collection
NPG D6712

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

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Augustus Wollaston Franks is depicted here second from left, with Scharf (far right) and two others. Scharf sketched this portrait by gaslight on a lithographic stone in his Library at Ashley Place, as a present to send to an absent acquaintance. Franks was the Keeper of British & Mediaeval antiquities and Ethnography at the British Museum and a long-term friend, frequently visiting Scharf at home or at the Gallery, and vice versa. They would confer on aspects of museum practice and matters of scholarship, Scharf's diaries hinting at a relationship of informal professional exchange.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D6713: Sir George Scharf and friends (from same plate)
  • NPG D6714: Sir George Scharf and friends (from same plate)
  • NPG D6715: Sir George Scharf and friends (from same plate)
  • NPG D6716: Sir George Scharf and friends (from same plate)
  • NPG D6717: Sir George Scharf and friends (from same plate)

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