Sir George Scharf and friends
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir George Scharf and friends
by Sir George Scharf
11 1/4 in. x 10 1/2 in. (286 mm x 267 mm) paper size
Transferred from Sir George Scharf
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- William Frederick Beauford (1842-1923), Government clerk and friend of Sir George Scharf. Sitter in 6 portraits. Identify
- Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-1897), Antiquary. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
- Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Artist and art historian; first Director and later trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter in 79 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 587 portraits. Identify
- Richard ('Dick') Worsley (born 1836), Friend of Sir George Scharf. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
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Augustus Wollaston Franks is depicted here second from left, with Scharf (far right) and two others. Scharf sketched this portrait by gaslight on a lithographic stone in his Library at Ashley Place, as a present to send to an absent acquaintance. Franks was the Keeper of British & Mediaeval antiquities and Ethnography at the British Museum and a long-term friend, frequently visiting Scharf at home or at the Gallery, and vice versa. They would confer on aspects of museum practice and matters of scholarship, Scharf's diaries hinting at a relationship of informal professional exchange.
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