Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Artist and art historian; first Director of the National Portrait Gallery
Scharf was a draughtsman with a faithful eye, a close observer of objects and settings, a methodical diarist and a tireless compiler of records; his sketchbooks, notebooks, papers and collection of specialist books form the core of the NPG Archive. A full-text searchable catalogue of Scharf’s papers, including scanned images of the material, is available on the Gallery’s website. See also the special feature Archive journeys focusing on his life and work as NPG Director.
His appearance in mid-life was described as follows: ‘Mr Scharf dined with my uncle Henry and myself at the University Club. I found him a very intelligent, well-informed man, nearly bald, slightly gray, wearing spectacles. Mr Scharf is evidently very fond of a joke … no matter how highly coloured (blue).’ 
‘Always short and stout, he became stouter and looked shorter as years accumulated upon him.’ 
Footnotesback to top
1) S.M. Ellis, ed., A Mid-Victorian Pepys: The Letters and Memoirs of Sir William Hardman, London, 1923, p.1 (21 Jan. 1859).
2) Lord Conway of Allington, Episodes in a Varied Life, London, 1932, p.266.
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