George Scharf: From the Regency Street to the Modern Metropolis

George Scharf: From the Regency Street to the Modern Metropolis
An exhibition in the Soane Gallery from the 20 March 2009 – 6 June 2009

The work of artist and illustrator George Scharf is featured in a new exhibition at the Soane Museum.

Having trained in Munich, Scharf settled in London in 1816. His vivid, detailed drawings capture every aspect of ordinary life in London in the first half of the nineteenth century, showing people going about the business of their daily lives in fine detail – from the boots on their feet to the buttons on their coats and the hats on their heads – recorded with an immediacy that is almost photographic.

This is the first exhibtion devoted solely to this artist and draws primarily on material from the British Museum. Scharf’s widow sold items to the museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings in 1862 and his son George, the first director of the National Portrait Gallery, donated further items in 1900.

Full details on the exhibition (and a sample of Scharf’s work) are available here:
http://www.soane.org/next.html

Information about visiting the Soane Museum is here:
http://www.soane.org/index.html