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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 587 portraits
Artist and art historian; appointed first Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery in 1857 and Director in 1882. Scharf studied art under his father, the draughtsman and lithographer George Scharf, before entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1838. In the 1840s Scharf was twice commissioned as a draughtsman to travel to Asia Minor and, in the late 1840s and early 1850s, established himself as a leading book illustrator. Scharf devoted nearly 40 years to researching and identifying authentic portraits of significant historical figures and became an authority on portraiture.

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John Gibson, by Sir George Scharf - NPG 6050

John Gibson

by Sir George Scharf
pencil, 1860
NPG 6050

Sir George Scharf, by Sir George Scharf - NPG 4053(5)

Sir George Scharf

by Sir George Scharf
pencil and watercolour, late 1870s?
NPG 4053(5)

Jacob Luard Pattisson, by Sir George Scharf - NPG 4053(9)

Jacob Luard Pattisson

by Sir George Scharf
pencil, 1872
NPG 4053(9)

John Murray, by Sir George Scharf - NPG 4053(7)

John Murray

by Sir George Scharf
pencil, 1885
NPG 4053(7)

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