Frederick Sandys (British, 1829-1904)
black, brown, and red chalk
Sheet - h:55.90 w:39.20 cm (h:22 w:15 3/8 inches)
Secondary Support - h:57.10 w:40.00 cm (h:22 7/16 w:15 11/16 inches)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Sandys was a friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and played an active role in the bohemian artistic, literary, and theatrical circles of the day in London. This is a portrait of Mary Emma Jones, the artist’s favorite model, mistress, and mother of his nine children. An extraordinarily skilled draftsman, here he worked in tone rather than line, delicately drawing in chalk on a rough textured sheet and leaving the low points of the paper untouched to produce a stippled, hazy effect. While Jones’s face is exquisitely detailed, the composition becomes increasingly indistinct at the edges, suggesting an apparition.
signed, upper right, in black chalk: F Sandys 1871