Ponte Vecchio, Florence


Scharf’s first journey to Asia Minor in 1839–40 took him through France, Switzerland and Italy to Smyrna before returning to London by way of Athens, Venice, Innsbruck, Munich, Liège and Antwerp. The journey is recorded in the first two volumes of his travel diaries at the British Library, which are interspersed with drawings such as this sketch of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, drawn on 24 November 1839.  The Ponte Vecchio is a medieval stone bridge over the Arno River famous for its shops.

The British Library’s Manuscripts department also possesses one volume of topographical sketches of England, France, Germany and the Netherlands and two panoramic views of Ratisbon (Regensburg), Germany by Scharf (Add. MS 36489 A–C).

Full title:
DIARIES of George Scharf. Vol. B. 1839-1840. Art. Illuminations and Drawings ENGLISH: Pencil-drawings of G. Scharf on his travels to Asia Minor: 1839-1844.
24 November 1839
Pencil drawing
George Scharf
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Add MS 36488 B, f.64

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