- Also known as
primary name: Scharf, George
other name: Scharf, Georg Johann
- individual; painter/draughtsman; printmaker; British; German; Male
- Life dates
- 3 St. Martin's Lane, 1817-30; 14 Francis Street, Tottenham Court Road, London, 1830-1848; 1 Torringon Square, 1848-1856
- Watercolourist and draughtsman, especially of contemporary London life; also a lithographer, to which occasionally he acted as his own publisher. Born in Germany and worked in Munich; came to England in 1816 with the British army after Waterloo. Exhibited at the RA 1817, 1826, 1828-37, 1841, and 1848-50. Member of the New Watercolour Society. Worked for the British Museum, the Geological Society, the Zoological Society, Charles Robert Cockerell, and others. A huge collection of his work in the BM. Father of Sir George Scharf (q.v.). Died 11 Nov 1860.
The Scharf drawings came to the BM in two blocs: 1862,0614.1-1196 (acquired from his widow) and 1900,0725.1-181 (by bequest from his son)
P. Jackson, 'George Scharf's London: Sketches and Watercolours of a Changing City. 1820-50', London, 1987.
J. Kierkuc-Bielinski, 'George Scharf:From the Regency Street to the Modern Metropolis', exh. cat., Soane Museum, 2009
Brigitte Huber, 'Ein Altbayer zeichnet London: Der Maler, Zeichner und Lithograf Georg Scharf (1788-1860), in 'Oberbayerisches Archiv', Band 134, Munich, 2010, pp. 39-81