Autograph Letter By Scharf

Scharf, Sir George

Publication Date: 1869
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Interesting two page letter by Sir George Scharf, probably to Evans Bell, dated March 23, 1869, with Scharf's address in ink. Scharf talks about "the passages related to the burial of Charles the 1st the opening the vault of Ed AV and the sums paid to the workmen, in Herbert's letter written to Sir Wm Dugdale Nov. 3rd. 1681." and then goes on to discuss why he had been so busy. On stationery with a black border. Clean, very nice condition. Scharf was the Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Autograph Letter By Scharf
Publication Date: 1869
Binding: Paper
Book Condition: Very Good

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Samuel Jones-Loyd, 1st Baron Overstone [ Lord Overstone ] (1796-1883) of Overstone Park, Northampton, British banker and politician [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895); National Portrait Gallery, London ]
Published by On letterhead of Overstone Park Northampton. 20 November (1856)
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Book Description On letterhead of Overstone Park Northampton. 20 November, 1856. 1p., 12mo. In good condition. At the time of writing Scharf was on the verge of appointment as first Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Regarding a note he has received from Scharf he writes that the following Monday he goes 'thro' London direct to Brighton. This movement I fear does not hold out much facility for our meeting - but if your business carries you to Brighton you will find me at the Bedford Hotel.'. Bookseller Inventory # 19175

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Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780-1863), Whig Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
Published by Bowood Bowood House Derry Hill Wiltshire 23 December (1859)
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Book Description Bowood Bowood House Derry Hill Wiltshire 23 December, 1859. 3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition. Year not given, but with '1859' in a contemporary hand at top-right of first page. The recipient is not named, but the letter is from the papers of Sir George Scharf. It begins: 'I remember your saying in the course of last winter you would be glad an [sic] opportunity of coming to see me, & what little I have to shew you. | I conclude the Portrait Gallery as well as Institutions admits of some holidays at this season'. Consequently he suggests a time when the recipient might 'spend a few days' at Bowood, if his 'engagements admit'. Bookseller Inventory # 19172

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Charlotte Speir ['Mrs. Manning', née Charlotte Solly] (1803-1871), author, wife from 1857 of James Manning (1781-1866) and step-mother of Adelaide Manning (1828-1905) [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895) ]
Published by No place London?. 14 July (1857)
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Book Description No place London?. 14 July, 1857. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. Scharf had illustrated her 'Life in Ancient India' (1856), and she writes informally, expressing regret at the news of his move 'from the Classic No. 1., a house consecrated to the Arts by your occupation of it & ever to be remembered with respect, regard, pleasure & all good feelings'. (The reference is to Scharf's home at 1 Eastcott Place, Camden Town, from which he moved on his appointment as Secretary to the newly-formed National Portrait Gallery.) She thanks him for his 'additions & corrections' to her 'List', and hopes that 'the affair is nearly off my hands. I am going to to discuss Bindings. I think of putting the little man with his top-knot reading the - outside in gilt!' Clearly referring to his work on her 'Life in Ancient India', published the previous year, she thanks him for the return of 'all my scaps', and praises him for having been 'most exemplary, in cases of all things great and small'. She ends by telling him her plans, which include a visit to Germany. Bookseller Inventory # 16575

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Lady Maria Theresa Lewis [née Villiers] (1803-1865), author, wife of Thomas Henry Lister and George Cornewall Lewis [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Director, National Portrait Gallery ]
Published by Lathom House Lancashire. 22 November (1861)
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Book Description Lathom House Lancashire. 22 November, 1861. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. She is out of town, and Scharf's letter has followed her to Cheshire and Lancashire, and she is sending a letter of introduction to Lord Essex, whom she hopes will 'afford you every facility in your interesting pursuits'. She is flattered 'at the manner in which you always speak of my Grove Catalogue - it was a great pleasure to me & I much regret that other duties & occupations have prevented me for a time from continuing my Biographies'. She concludes by wishing him 'every success in your Blenheim Catalogue'. Bookseller Inventory # 16581

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William Cavendish (1808-1891), 7th Duke of Devonshire, landowner and industrialist [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), art critic, illustrator and Director of the National Portrait Gallery ]
Published by Holker Newton in Cartmel. 24 March (1862)
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Book Description Holker Newton in Cartmel. 24 March, 1862. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. On the subject of the Great London Exposition of 1862, he informs Scharf that he has 'written to the Secretary of the S[ou]th Ken[singto]n Museum informing him that I shall be happy to contribute to the proposed exhibition the unmounted portion of my collection of ancient gems.' He explains that many of the gems were mounted by his father, ''& I have promised Mr Hancock the Jeweller who executed the work that he shall have them in his care at the International Exhibition.' He explains that he cannot lend the 'Miniatures', as Scharf asks, as these are at Chiswick House, 'which belongs at present to Lady Granville [.] They are mounted as part of the decorations in one of the rooms at Chiswick, & I do not believe they can be detached without disfiguring the wall.'. Bookseller Inventory # 16584

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George Guy Greville (1818-1893), 4th Earl of Warwick and 4th Earl Brooke [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), art critic, illustrator and Director of the National Portrait Gallery ]
Published by 19 Stratford Place Oxford Street London. 27 October (1856)
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Book Description 19 Stratford Place Oxford Street London. 27 October, 1856. 2pp., 8vo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. He has received Scharf's 'private list' (of paintings to borrow?) and will let him know 'which I can spare immediately'. In the meantime, as Scharf is in town, he suggests that he go and see 'what I have' in 1 Stable Yard, St James! - The pictures there belonging to me are a Canaletto - view of Venice - a Rubens - His own daughter - an Original of Mrs. Siddons, by Sir W. Beechey & a View of Jerusalem by D. Roberts'. Should any of the paintings 'please' Scharf, he should write to the Duchess of Beaufort, '& ask if she could spare them'. Bookseller Inventory # 16579

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Emily Harriet Stanhope [née Kerrison] (1815-1873), Countess Stanhope, wife of Philip Henry Stanhope (1805-75), 5th Earl Stanhope [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Director, National Portrait Gallery ]
Published by Two from Chevening. One dated 5 October another dated 24 December 1861 and the other two undated (1860)
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Book Description Two from Chevening. One dated 5 October another dated 24 December 1861 and the other two undated, 1860. Totalling 14pp., 12mo. On four bifoliums. In good condition, lightly-aged. The correspondence indicates the closeness between Scharf and the family of the man responsible for his appointment as Secretary to the National Portrait Gallery. Topics include: the obtaining by her son [Edward Stanhope (1840-1893)] of 'a first Class in Mathematics the first in that branch at Ch[rist]. Ch[urch, Oxford]. since 1847'; the family's desire for 'lectures on Drawing', particularly the daughter, who is 'really progressing very much [.] & is quite devoted to it'; the 'new Song of Benedicts'; his father's health (); the ill health of a neighbour; the daughter's copying of 'the Heads you were so good as to bring her'; his visit to Sevenoaks; invitations to visit. In an undated letter, referring to a autograph album, she writes that she is 'collecting Stories with great Energy for my Vol. 2 - so splendidly commenced by you | I didn't tell you that Mr Waul made me a spirited sketch of his forthcoming picture, but the execution looks very Coarse after your frontispiece'. Bookseller Inventory # 16578

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