16 June 2015
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys, A.R.A. (1829-1904)
The Laurel Wreath
signed, indistinctly inscribed and dated 'The Laurel Wreath/ F Sandys 1902' (upper left, within a cartouche)
pencil and coloured chalks on grey paper
30 ¼ x 22 3/8 in. (76.8 x 46.8 cm.)
Sir William Orpen (†); Christie's, London, 13 July 1934, lot 17 (unsold).
Sir William Orpen (†); Christie's, London, 5 April 1937, lot 8 (£1.11. 6 to J.S. Maas).
Mrs Stead-Ellis, by 1962.
with Peter Nahum, London, where purchased by the present owners.
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B. Elzea, Frederick Sandys: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2001, p. 292, no. 5.52, illustrated.
London, Peter Nahum at the Leicester Galleries, Pre-Raphaelite, Symbolist , Visionary, 2001, no. 38.
Although never divorced from his first wife (the marriage only lasted three days), the actress Mary Emma Jones became Sandys' common-law wife (see lot 18). She gave birth to a large number of children, ten of whom survived to adulthood and nine of whom were girls. His daughters inherited their mother's looks and luxuriant hair and became models for his later works. The sitter for the present drawing was Gertrude ('Girlie'), Sandys' youngest daughter, who would have been about sixteen. Aged about six or seven she is the model for My Lady Greensleeves (op.cit., no. 5.8, pl. 68) and Wondertime (1900, op.cit., no. 5.40) and The Red Cap (op.cit., 5.42). Gertrude blossomed into a great beauty and married Walter Crane's son, Lionel in 1913.
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