Friday, January 30, 2015

Frederick Sandys

Grace Rose
oil on panel    
71.1 x 61.0 cm
The Yale Center for British Art at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829-1904), born Antonio Frederic Augustus Sands, was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter, illustrator and draughtsman, of the Victorian era. He painted little, and the dominant influence upon his art was the influence exercised by lofty conceptions of tragic power. There was in it a sombre intensity and an almost stern beauty which lifted it far above the ideals of the crowd. Rossetti and Sandys became close friends, and from May 1866 to July 1867, he lived with Rossetti in Chelsea. His works were profoundly influenced by those of Rossetti. He focused mainly on mythological subjects and portraits.

He was born in Norwich, and received his earliest lessons in art from his father who was himself a painter. His early studies show that he had a natural gift for careful and beautiful drawing. He was educated at Norwich Grammar School and at the Government School of Design at Norwich. He influenced his younger sister Emma Sandys, painter, whose works were mainly portraits of children and of young women, often in period or medieval clothing.