Letter: 1875 Dec. 15, National Portrait Gallery, Exhibition road, South Kensington, W., / George Scharf. 1875.
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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. Fr...
Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) was a Scottish painter who was appointed painter in ordinary in 1830 and received a knighthood in 1836. For full details of his life and work see the Dictionary of National Biography . From the guide to the Correspondence of Sir David Wilkie, with related material, ca. 1806-1849, (GB 206 Leeds University Library) Sir David Wilkie was a painter born in 1785. He was educated under John Strachan, studied in Edinburgh, 1799-1804. He came to London in...