Sir Frederic William Burton

1 portrait of Sir Frederic William Burton

Sir Frederic William Burton, by Cundall, Downes & Co, or by  John Watkins, circa 1863 - NPG Ax5077 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Frederic William Burton

by Cundall, Downes & Co, or by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
3 1/2 in. x 2 1/4 in. (88 mm x 58 mm) image size
Given by Algernon Graves, 1916
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax5077

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  • Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), Watercolour painter and Director of the National Gallery. Sitter in 6 portraits, Artist associated with 11 portraits.

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Burton presented this carte-de-visite to George Scharf, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, which he inscribed on the reverse 'To G.S with friendliest greetings from F.W.B, Sept 5th 1863'. Scharf had been friends with the artist and scholar since 1858, but after Burton's appointment as Director of the National Gallery in 1874, he became an increasingly important professional associate. Scharf and Burton interacted over the course of the next twenty years in a spirit of casual reciprocity: comparing notes on institutional procedures, swapping annual reports and collection catalogues, and alerting one another to suitable pictures for their respective collections.

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