Sir George Scharf
- Extended Catalogue Entry
Sir George Scharf
by Walter William Ouless
oil on canvas, 1885
36 3/8 in. x 28 1/4 in. (923 mm x 716 mm) overall
Given by a number of friends, 1886
Sitterback to top
- 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.
Artistback to top
- Walter William Ouless (1848-1933), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 40 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait, commissioned by a group of his supporters, was presented to the Trustees of the Gallery in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Collection. Ouless depicts him here in characteristic pose, with sketchbook open and pencil poised. The picture hung for many years in the Gallery's Boardroom before being displayed with the other portraits at St Martin's Place, following Scharf's death in 1895.
Related worksback to top
- NPG D40566: Sir George Scharf (source portrait)
- NPG D40567: Sir George Scharf (source portrait)
- NPG D40568: Sir George Scharf (source portrait)
- NPG D40569: Sir George Scharf (source portrait)
- NPG D40570: Sir George Scharf (source portrait)
- NPG D40571: Sir George Scharf (source portrait)
- NPG D40572: Sir George Scharf (source portrait)
- NPG Ax134834: Sir George Scharf (after)
Linked publicationsback to top
- Hulme, Graham; Buchanan, Brian; Powell, Kenneth, The National Portrait Gallery: An Architectural History, 2000, p. 21
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 551
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 1885back to top
Current affairsRedistribution Act; continues Gladstone's extensive package of electoral reform, although his Liberal government is later defeated when the Irish Nationalists, seeking support for Home Rule, side with the Conservatives over a budget measure. The Marquess of Salisbury is invited to form a 'caretaker' government.
Art and scienceThe Dictionary of National Biography is first published quarterly, under the editorship of Leslie Stephen, and sub-editorship of Sidney Lee. Volume 63 completed the work in 1900. Setting new standards in life writing, the DNB exemplified the form of the brief biography, formalising a style and approach to writing lives, based on Stephen's guiding principles of selection and presentation in 'business-like form'.
InternationalThe death of the famous General Charles Gordon sparks outrage in Britain. Sent to the Sudan to evacuate Egyptian forces from Khartoum, threatened by Sudanese rebels under Muhammad Ahmad al-Mahdi, Khartoum quickly came under siege, and Gordon is killed and beheaded two days before the relief force arrived. The British public proclaimed Gordon a martyr, and attacked government, particularly Gladstone, for not relieving British forces earlier.
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