Sir George Scharf
by John James Fisher
6 February 1889
As Secretary and Director of the National Portrait Gallery (1857-1895) he secured a purpose built Gallery to house the Collection (the current building in St Martin’s Place). He also established the practices for the acquisition and documentation of portraits and portraiture that remain at the heart of the Gallery’s work today.
He was a careful observer of life in the Victorian era. His diaries, notebooks and sketches provide a detailed record of a changing London, everyday life, and important historic events of the time.
Sir George Scharf's papers are housed in the Heinz Archive and Library. A full catalogue, produced with support from the National Cataloguing Programme for Archives, is available. You can search the Archive Catalogue for the records and view them in person by making an appointment.
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