Sandys made these four tracings from John Tenniel's illustrations to Thomas Moore's epic poem 'Lalla Rookh, An Oriental Romance' (pub. 1861). Tenniels' sixty-nine illustrations were engraved by the Dalziel Brothers, the leading wood-engravers in the mid-nineteenth century. The top tracing is of sitar girl found on page fourteen but Sandys has ommitted her instrument. The standing figure is a tracing of the veiled prophet of Khorassen (p. 47). Near the bottom of the sheet Sandys has copied the 'figure exhorting the fleeing army to turn and fight' found on page ninety (Betty Elzea, 'Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné,' p. 152) and on the verso he has traced a group of Islamic soldiers.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Lalla Rookh. An oriental Romance
Thomas Moore 1861 Longman, Green, Longman & Roberts, London pp. 14, 47, 90
Illustrators of the Eighteen Sixties
Forrest Reid 1928 Faber and Gwyer, London p. 27
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
2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service No. 1.C.163., p. 152


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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Thomas Moore Associated with

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