Scharf, George, 1820-1895

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The English draftsman, illustrator and art historian George Scharf was the son of the homonymous German-born artist settled in London in 1816. In 1840 and 1843 he travelled as official artist with a government expedition to Asia Minor. In 1857 Scharf became art secretary for the Manchester Art Treasures exhibition, and was appointed secretary to the newly founded National Portrait Gallery, becoming its director in 1882. He researched, published and lectured on British portraiture.

From the description of Correspondence, 1849-1894. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 78927268

The son of a Bavarian painter who settled in England in 1816, Sir George Scharf was a British art critic and a specialist in British portraiture. In 1857 he was appointed secretary and director of the newly founded British Portrait Gallery.

From the description of George Scharf letter, 1878 July 6. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 320835449

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creatorOf Scharf, George, 1820-1895. Letter: 1872 Aug. 29, National Portrait Gallery, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, [London] W., to David Laing / George Scharf. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, 1820-1895. Letter: 1875 Dec. 15, National Portrait Gallery, Exhibition road, South Kensington, W., / George Scharf. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, 1820-1895. Letter: 1871 June 3, National Portrait Gallery, Exhibition Road, South Kensington. W., to David Laing / George Scharf. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, 1820-1895. Letter: 1869 Nov. 23, National Portrait Gallery, 29, Great George Street, Westminster, S.W., to David Laing / G. Scharf. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, 1820-1895. Letter: 1858 Feb. 6, 29 Great George St. Westminster, to David Laing / George Scharf. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873,. Autograph letter signed from William Charles Macready, Cheltenham, to George Scharf [manuscript], 1867 January 29. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, Sir, 1820-1895. The brilliant, but irregular career of Edmund Kean [manuscript], 1845. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Lady Anne Blunt manuscript material : 2 items, 1864? The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Scharf, George, Sir, 1820-1895,. Autograph letter signed from Sir George Scharf, Torrington Square, London, to Mrs. Kean [manuscript], 1856 April 4. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Lovelace, Ralph Milbanke, Earl of, 1839-1906. Ralph Milbanke, Earl of Lovelace manuscript material : 3 items, 1854-1886 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Scharf, George, Sir, 1820-1895. Correspondence, 1849-1894. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Scharf, George, Sir, 1820-1895,. Autograph letter signed from George Scharf, London, to Charles Kean [manuscript], 1856? Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Lloyd, William Watkiss, 1813-1893,. Autograph letter signed from W. Watkiss Lloyd, London, to G. Scharf, Esq. [manuscript], 1847 October 30. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Hesketh, Robert, architect. Robert Hesketh travel diary, 1839 October 22-1840 February 19. Yale University, Yale Center for British Art
creatorOf Scharf, George, Sir, 1820-1895. Autograph letters signed (7) : London, to Mrs. Hardwick, 1886 Jan. 1-1894 Jan. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Autograph letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby signed from various correspondents [manuscript], 1859-1884. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Blunt, Anne, Lady, 1837-1917. Lady Anne Blunt manuscript material : 2 items, [1864?] New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868,. Autograph letter signed to Charles Kean from various correspondents [manuscript], 1856-1858. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Greg, Robert Philips, 1826-1906. Robert P. Greg collection of letters and other papers removed from J. Hain Friswell's Life portraits of William Shakespeare [manuscript], 1883-1901. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, 1820-1895. Letter: 1863 Sept. 2, Chevening, Sevenoaks, to David Laing / G. Scharf. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, 1820-1895. Letter: 1860 July 11, National Portrait Gallery, Westminster, to David Laing / George Scharf. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, Sir, 1820-1895. George Scharf letter, 1878 July 6. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Scharf, George, 1820-1895. Letter: 1872 Sept. 26, National Portrait Gallery, Exhibition road, South Kensington. W., to David Laing / G. Scharf. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, Sir, 1820-1895,. Autograph letter signed from George Scharf, National Portrait Gallery, to Charles Kean [manuscript], 1859 March 30. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Christian, Frances Anne, 1790 or 1-1874,. Autograph letter signed from Frances Anne Christian, Leicester, to George Scharf [manuscript], 1860 January. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Martin, Theodore, Sir, 1816-1909. Letter, 1881 Oct. 25, Onslow Square, to [Sir George] Scharf. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Scharf, George, Sir, 1820-1895,. Autograph letter signed from George Scharf, London, to Charles Kean [manuscript], 1856 August 16. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, 1820-1895. Letter: 1869 Dec. 14, National Portrait Gallery, 29, Great George Street, Westminster, S.W., to David Laing / G. Scharf. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Scharf, George, 1820-1895. Letter: 1871 May 29, National Portrait Gallery, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, W., [London] to David Laing / George Scharf. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Ralph Milbanke, Earl of Lovelace manuscript material : 3 items, 1854-1886 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868,. Autograph letters signed from Charles John Kean, London, to Sir George Scharf [manuscript], 1856-1859. Folger Shakespeare Library
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associatedWith Allan, William, Sir, 1782-1850. person
associatedWith Blunt, Anne, Lady, 1837-1917. person
correspondedWith Christian, Frances Anne, 1790 or 1-1874, person
associatedWith Cotes, Francis, 1726-1770. person
associatedWith Geddes, Andrew, 1783-1844. person
associatedWith Goes, Hugo van der, 1435?-1482. person
associatedWith Graham, John, 1754-1877. person
associatedWith Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771. person
correspondedWith Greg, Robert Philips, 1826-1906. person
associatedWith Hall, Chambers, 1786-1855. person
associatedWith Hampton Court Palace. corporateBody
associatedWith Hardwick, Mrs, person
associatedWith Hesketh, Robert, architect. person
associatedWith Hilliard, Nicholas, 1547-1619. person
correspondedWith Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886, person
correspondedWith Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868, person
associatedWith Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833 person
correspondedWith Kean, Ellen, 1805-1880 person
associatedWith Knowsley Hall (England) corporateBody
associatedWith Laing, David, 1793-1878. person
correspondedWith Lloyd, William Watkiss, 1813-1893, person
associatedWith Lovelace, Ralph Milbanke, Earl of, 1839-1906. person
correspondedWith Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873, person
associatedWith Martin, Theodore, Sir, 1816-1909. person
associatedWith National Portrait Gallery (Great Britain) corporateBody
associatedWith Newton, C. T. (Charles Thomas), 1816-1894 person
associatedWith Princess's Theatre (London, England) corporateBody
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Salisbury, Robert Cecil, Earl of, 1563-1612. person
associatedWith Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. person
associatedWith Shirley, Evelyn Philip, 1812-1882. person
associatedWith Society of Antiquaries of London. corporateBody
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Wilkie, David, Sir, 1785-1841. person
associatedWith Woodward, Bernard Bolingbroke, 1816-1869. person
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England
England--London
Great Britain
Subject
Artists--Correspondence
Etching
Art--Private collections
Hermes (Greek deity)--Manuscripts
Autographs
engraving
Autolycus (Fictitious character : Shakespeare)
Hermes (Greek deity)
Pictures--Private collections
Portraits
Autolycus (Fictitious character : Shakespeare)--Manuscripts
Occupation
Art critics--England
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Birth 1820-12-16

Death 1895-04-19

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