The Coral Necklace

The Coral Necklace

1871

Frederick Sandys

(British, 1829-1904)

Black, brown, and red chalk

Support: Cream(3) wove paper, laid down on beige wove paper

Sheet: 55.9 x 39.2 cm (22 x 15 7/16 in.); Secondary Support: 57.1 x 40 cm (22 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.7

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
DR - British
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing

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