This figure appears to have been copied from an unidentified illuminated manuscript. The Birmingham collection holds a number of drawings, on tracing paper, copied from medieval manuscripts. They are likely to have been made around the same time, possibly in the 1850s, from works held at the British Museum in the nineteenth century and now in the British Library (see Betty Elzea, Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné, p. 141). In his unpublished catalogue of Sandys drawings at Birmingham Jerome Peat links this drawing with two other sheets of drawings in the collection (see also 1906P1027 and 1906P1035). The colour of both the pigments used and the paper suggest that they were copied at the same time.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 396
Catalogue of Drawings at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Jerome Peat 1978 - -
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service) No. 1.C.34.; p. 141


Almost certainly to have been acquired by Charles Fairfax Murray from the artist, or from the sale of the contents of the Sandys family home after the death of Sandys' mother in September 1883 (Elzea).

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