Betty Elzea suggests that the muscular man may have been copied from a work by Blake and the classical, female piper may have been borrowed from Flaxman. She links these two figures to Sandys' illustration 'The King at the Gate' (pub. in 'Once a Week,' March 1862) noting that he used 'the piper as one of the middle-ground figures' and added 'the head of the muscular man on the right' of the illustration ('Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné,' p. 150).

  • 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.145., pp. 150


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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