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Sir George Scharf

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Sir George Scharf, by Sir George Scharf, late 1870s? -NPG 4053(5) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir George Scharf

by Sir George Scharf
Watercolour with traces of pencil on wove paper, late 1870s?
12 1/2 in. x 9 in. (317 mm x 228 mm)
NPG 4053(5)

This portraitback to top

NPG 4053(5) is an undated and unsigned watercolour self-portrait by Scharf. Judging by his physical appearance (grey hair and beard) it belongs to the late 1870s. Scharf was normally right-handed and this is his image as reflected in a mirror. He was interested in variable effects of light; here if falls from the right and the left cheek is given a ruddy glow.

The drawing is part of the collection NPG 4053(1–19), ‘Drawings by Sir George Scharf, circa 1867–87’. See NPG 4053(1) for acquisition details.

Carol Blackett-Ord

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length to left, almost full-face, eyes to right, pencil/brush in left hand, right arm obscured by drawing board.

Conservationback to top

Conserved, late 20th century (no date).

Provenanceback to top

Scharf Bequest, 1895.

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