16 June 2015
Emma Sandys (1834-1877)
Portrait of a young lady, bust-length
signed with monogram and dated '1873' (upper left)
pencil and coloured chalks, heightened with bodycolour on buff paper
17 ¾ x 13 7/8 in. (45.2x 35.3 cm.)
with Peter Nahum, London.
Anonymous sale; Sothebys, London, 25 January 1988, lot 439 (unsold).
Anonymous sale; Sothebys, London, 3 March 1993, lot 35.
with Ealing Gallery, London.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, South Kensington, 23 March 2005, lot 119.
with Campbell Wilson, Hove, where purchased by the present owners.
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Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists, exh. cat. Manchester City Art Galleries, p. 122, illustrated p. 84.
Manchester, Manchester City Art Galleries, Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists, 1997-8, no. 33.
Emma Sandys was the younger sister of Augustus Frederick Sandys (lots 18 and 20) and she often sat for her brother. Pamela Gerrish-Nunn, in her catalogue to the Manchester exhibition, suggests that this was a commissioned portrait. The screen at the sitter's right shoulder reveals the contemporary craze for Japonisme, in keeping with the sitter's role as a patron of taste.
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