Portrait of Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys

Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys Painting Reproductions Gallery 1 of 2

1829-1904

English Pre-Raphaelite Painter

Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (born Antonio Frederic Augustus Sands) (May 1, 1829 - June 25, 1904), but usually known as Frederick Sandys, was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter, illustrator and draughtsman, of the Victorian era.

He was born in Norwich, England 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. In 1846 Sandys attended the Norwich School of Design. In the same and next year his talent was recognized by the Society of Arts. He displayed great skills as a draughtsman, achieving recognition with his print parodying John Everett Millais's Sir Isumbras at the Ford in 1857. The caricaturist turned the horse of Sir Isumbras into a donkey labelled J. R., Oxon. (John Ruskin). Upon it were seated Millais himself, in the character of the knight, with Rossetti and William Holman Hunt as the two children, one before and one behind. Rossetti and Sandys became intimate friends, and for about a year and a quarter, ending in the summer of 1867, Sandys lived with Rossetti at Tudor House (now called Queens House) in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. His own works were profoundly influenced by those of Rossetti. He focused mainly on mythological subjects and portraits.

By this time Sandys was known as a painter of remarkable gifts. He had begun by drawing for Once a Week, the Cornhill Magazine, Good Words and other periodicals. He drew only in the magazines. No books illustrated by him can be traced. So his exquisite draughtsmanship has to be sought for in the old bound-up periodical volumes which are now hunted by collectors, or in publications such as Dalziels' Bible Gallery and the Cornhill Gallery and books of drawings, with verses attached to them, made to lie upon the drawing-room tables of those who had for the most part no idea of their merits. Every drawing Sandys made was a work of art, and many of them were so faithfully engraved that they are worthy of the collector's portfolio. Early in the sixties he began to exhibit the paintings which set the seal upon his fame. The best known of these are Vivien (1863), Morgan le Fay (1864), Cassandra and Medea (1868).

Sandys never became a popular painter. 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. The Scandinavian Sagas and Le Morte d'Arthur gave him subjects after his own heart. The Valkyrie and Morgan le Fay represent his work at its very best. He made a number of chalk drawings of famous men of letters, including Tennyson, Browning, Matthew Arnold, and James Russell Lowell.

He married Georgiana Creed, but this marriage only lasted three years, although they never divorced. He had a long affair with the Romany Keomi Gray (she sat as the model for the "Medea" amongst other paintings.) He settled with actress Mary Emma Jones (who was known as "Mrs Sandys") for the rest of his life. He died in the Kensington area of London in 1904.

37 Sandys Paintings

Morgan Le Fay (Queen of Avalon), 1864 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Morgan Le Fay (Queen of Avalon) 1864

Oil Painting
$1242
Canvas Print
$51.40
SKU: SAN-859
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 61.8 x 43.7 cm
Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Gentle Spring, c.1860 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Gentle Spring c.1860

Oil Painting
$1675
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-860
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 121 x 64 cm
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, United Kingdom

Medea, c.1866/68 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Medea c.1866/68

Oil Painting
$1501
Canvas Print
$53.66
SKU: SAN-861
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 61.2 x 45.6 cm
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, USA

Mary Magdalene, c.1858/60 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Mary Magdalene c.1858/60

Oil Painting
$893
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-862
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 33.6 x 27.9 cm
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, USA

Queen Eleanor, 1858 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Queen Eleanor 1858

Oil Painting
$1307
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-863
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 40.6 x 30.5 cm
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Autumn, c.1860/62 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Autumn c.1860/62

Oil Painting
$726
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-864
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 25.5 x 35.5 cm
Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Portrait Of Julia Smith Caldwell, c.1890 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Portrait Of Julia Smith Caldwell c.1890

Oil Painting
$3858
Canvas Print
$48.48
SKU: SAN-865
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 111.8 x 75 cm
Private Collection

Study for St. George, undated by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Study for St. George undated

Paper Print
$45.90
SKU: SAN-7698
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 33 x 15.9 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Mrs. Sandys, the Artist's Mother, c.1845/50 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mrs. Sandys, the Artist's Mother c.1845/50

Oil Painting
$1242
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-7699
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 40.9 x 30.5 cm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Love's Shadow, 1867 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Love's Shadow 1867

Oil Painting
$870
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-7700
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 40.6 x 31.8 cm
Private Collection

Cassandra, undated by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Cassandra undated

Paper Print
$45.90
SKU: SAN-7701
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Berenice, Queen of Egypt, undated by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Berenice, Queen of Egypt undated

Oil Painting
$1351
Canvas Print
$60.43
SKU: SAN-7702
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 70.5 x 35.5 cm
Leighton House Museum, London, United Kingdom

Grace Rose, 1866 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Grace Rose 1866

Oil Painting
$2754
Canvas Print
$59.90
SKU: SAN-7703
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 55.9 x 45.4 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

Mary Magdalene, 1862 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Mary Magdalene 1862

Oil Painting
$1066
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-7704
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 29.2 x 24.8 cm
Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, United Kingdom

Perdita, c.1866 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Perdita c.1866

Oil Painting
$1470
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-7705
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

La Belle Isolde, 1862 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

La Belle Isolde 1862

Oil Painting
$1010
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-7706
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 23.7 x 19.3 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of a Woman with Red Hair, undated by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of a Woman with Red Hair undated

Oil Painting
$1219
SKU: SAN-7707
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Vivien, 1863 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Vivien 1863

Oil Painting
$1884
Canvas Print
$81.14
SKU: SAN-7708
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 64 x 52.5 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Persephone, undated by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Persephone undated

Paper Print
$45.90
SKU: SAN-7709
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Mrs. Rose, 1862 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Mrs. Rose 1862

Oil Painting
$1988
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-7710
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 35 x 28 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

The Coral Necklace, 1871 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

The Coral Necklace 1871

Paper Print
$50.40
SKU: SAN-7711
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 55.9 x 39.2 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Mary Sandys, c.1871/73 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

Mary Sandys c.1871/73

Paper Print
$62.55
SKU: SAN-7712
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 55.5 x 49 cm
Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom

If, 1866 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

If 1866

Paper Print
$45.90
SKU: SAN-7713
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 18.4 x 13.7 cm
Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom

May Margaret, c.1865/66 by Sandys | Painting Reproduction

May Margaret c.1865/66

Oil Painting
$1208
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: SAN-7714
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Original Size: 44.4 x 29.2 cm
Private Collection

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