Anthony Frederick Sandys England
5-1-1829 Norwich, ENG – 6-25-1904 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Anthony Frederick Sandys received his earliest lessons in art from his father, Anthony Sands, who was himself a painter. His early studies show that he had a natural gift for careful and beautiful drawing. He was educated at Norwich School and later attended the Norwich School of Design in 1846. In the same and next year his talent was recognized by the Royal Society of Arts.
He married Georgiana Creed, but this marriage only lasted three years, although they never divorced. He had a long affair with the Romany woman Keomi Gray, who sat as a model both for him and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and perhaps also for Simeon Solomon. He and Gray had two daughters and two sons.
In 1862 Anthony Frederick Sandys met actress Mary Emma Jones, known as Miss Clive, when she modeled for The Magdalen, now owned by the Norwich Castle Museum. A relationship developed between the two, he became devoted to her, taking her as his common-law wife for the rest of his life. She gave birth to a large number of children, 10 of whom were raised under the name of Neville and survived after Sandys' death. His work Proud Maisie made in 1867, was inspired by Mary, so much so that he made at least 11 versions by 1904
Rossetti and Anthony Frederick Sandys became close friends, and from May 1866 to July 1867, Sandys lived with Rossetti in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Sandys’s works were profoundly influenced by those of Rossetti. He focused mainly on mythological subjects and portraits.
Art Movement: Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
Influences: Anthony Sands, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Influenced: Emma Sandys