These tracings appear to have been taken from German wood cuts of the fifteenth century. Sandys admired the work of early German illustrators but also contemporary German artists, notably Alfred Rethel (1816-1859) who drew inspiration from artists such as Albert Durer (1471-1528). This German influence can be seen in illustrations by Sandys such as 'The old Chartist' (pub. 1861) and 'Amor Mundi' (pub. 1865).

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


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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
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service No. 1.C.149.; p. 151


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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