This study of ivy was used in the background of a portrait of Sandys' patron, the Norfolk clergyman Rev James Bulwer (now in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa). Betty Elzea has dated this drawing to 1858, one of two studies of ivy on a wall for the background of the Bulwer oil painting.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
In The Orchard / Himworth. / March. 19th. [or Hunworth according to other sources)
- bottom right - -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
65 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London 1947-09 - 1947-09
Some Pre-Raphaelite Paintings and Drawings
64 National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1955-07 - 1955-08
64 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea 1955-10 - 1955-10
An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Victorian Artists in England
126 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa 1965-03 - 1965-04
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904
89 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1974-05-07 - 1974-07-14
89 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1974 - 1974
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
72 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington 1995-03-09 - 1995-05-07
72 Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
72 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington 1995-08-11 - 1995-10-15
72 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1995-11-04 - 1996-01-02
72 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-23 - 1996-04-10
72 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1996-05-25 - 1996-09-29


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. 386
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London p. 15
Some Pre-Raphaelite Paintings and Drawings
1955 Arts Council of Great Britain, Welsh Office, Cardiff p. 21
'A Portrait by Fred Sandys'
William S A Dale May 1965 Burlington Magazine, no. 107 p. 251.
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service no. 1.A.102, p. 108


Acquired by Charles Fairfax Murray before June 1895

Associated people

Name Type
Reverend James Bulwer Associated with

Related work & resources

Discuss this work

Start a discussion about this work.

You need to login to discuss this work. Click here to login.

If you are not yet registered click here to become a member.
Find out more about membership