Frederick Augustus Sandys in Norwich in 1832. He spent most of his life
in London where he died in 1902, but Norfolk scenes appear regularly in
his art. Between 1861 and 1866 he established a high reputation among
his peers as an illustrator for the periodicals of the day ( Once a Week,
Good Words ) He was influenced by his studies in German Renaissance prints.
His name was synonymous with industry and graphic flair. It was boasted
of him that he never needed to alter a drawing. In later life his energies
were wasted in large pastel portraits of his major patrons such as the
Colman family of Norwich.
his images contain puzzling symbolism. His reference to Japanese imagery
in Until Her Death (there is a drawing of a samurai on the side of the
vase) still puzzles. He uses a similar pose in The Old Chartis t, combined
with odd detailed features in the landscape beyond. He was to use the
subject in a painting now in the collection of the Castle Museum, Norwich.
In January 1862, Du Maurier records of Fred Sandys, "If he has a patch of grass to do in a cut an inch square, he makes a large and highly finished study from nature for it first; tu conçois qu'un gaillard pareil ira loin ; he has work in hand for 2 years, after which he will go abroad." (p.99)
01 right - final wood engraving illustrating Christina Rossetti's poem, 'Amor Mundi' , published in The Shilling Magazine 1865. Frederick Sandys own favourite image. right - final drawing for 'Amor Mundi' from Pennell, Pen Drawing.
02 "The Old Chartist" To illustrate a poem by George Meredith from Once a Week , Volume 6 p.183. "The old man, returning home from transportation, leans upon a great stone by the brook side and watches a brown water rat...." text from BIBLOGRAPHIA , PART 9, circa1897.
HER DEATH" BY THE AUTHOR OF JOHN HALIFAX, GENTLEMAN, GOOD WORDS
1862 p.312 with three details
04"Rosamund, Queen of the the Lombards"; Once a Week, Vol V, 1861
05 As sensuous as Sandys gets, with the Pre-Raphaelite emphasis on hair and lips.
06 Life's Journey from Willmott's English Sacred Poems 1862
07"Manoli" Cornhill Magazine , Vol.VI 1862 a virtuous woman walled up by suspicious mate.