Frederick Sandys: The Greatest Draughtsman
Norwich-born, Frederick Sandys (1829-1904) was a precocious talent who first exhibited at the age of ten.
He later moved to London where he associated with the Pre-Raphaelite artists, becoming particularly close to Dante Gabriel Rossetti who pronounced him ‘the greatest of living draughtsmen’.
Sandys specialised in subjects taken from literature and mythology and was renowned for his exquisite chalk portraits, which often included elegant Japanese-inspired floral backgrounds. Due to their fragile nature Sandys’ chalk portraits are seldom on display - this is a rare opportunity to see six of these chalk portraits along with one self-portrait.
Header image: Frederick Sandys (1829-1904), Portrait of Lord Battersea (Cyril Flower), 1877/1880, chalk on blue-green paper; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, gift from Mrs J Barclay 1951 NWHCM : 1951.45