Sir George Scharf
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Sir George Scharf
by Sir George Scharf
pen and ink, 1869
7 in. x 4 3/8 in. (178 mm x 111 mm)
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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 585 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Artist and art historian; first Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Artist associated with 585 portraits, Sitter in 79 portraits.
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- Hulme, Graham; Buchanan, Brian; Powell, Kenneth, The National Portrait Gallery: An Architectural History, 2000, p. 28
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 81 Read entry
In 1857 the National Portrait Gallery was opened at 29 Great George Street, Westminster, and Scharf was appointed Secretary. He led the Gallery’s subsequent moves to Kensington in 1870 and to Bethnal Green in 1885, having become Director in 1882. His drawing wittily exaggerates the uncertainties of the Gallery’s potential homelessness.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 551
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- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (National Portrait Gallery, London)
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Current affairsGladstone introduces the Irish Church Disestablishment Act, which disestablishes the Church of Ireland, disassociating it from the state and repealing the paying of tithes to the Anglican Church of Ireland.
Girton College is founded in Cambridge by Barbara Bodichon and Emily Davies, the first residential college for women in England; women were granted full membership to the University in 1948.
Art and scienceRussian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev invents the periodic table of elements, which arranges elements within a group in order of their atomic mass.
The British scientist Mary Somerville publishes her last book On Molecular and Microscopic Science.
Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir paint together in the open air at La Grenouillère, developing the Impressionist style.
InternationalThe Suez canal opens, linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez with the Mediterranean Sea, and transforming trade routes between Europe and Asia as merchants no longer had to circumvent Africa. The canal was largely in British and French control until Egyptian nationalisation in 1956, which sparked off the international Suez crisis.
Serialisation of Leo Tolstoy's epic novel of Russian society during the Napoleonic wars, War and Peace finishes.