This is the finished pen and ink design for an illustratration to accompany the sad poem 'The Little Mourner' by Henry Alford, published in Rev. Robert Aris Willmot's anthology 'English Sacred Poetry,' 1862 (p. 320). The design illustrated the moment when the little girl is asked what she is doing and replies that 'her love compels her to clear the snow off the graves of her dead parents and four sisters' (Betty Elzea, 'Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné,' p. 208).

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Monogram bottom left Handwritten -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
- Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, London 1893 - 1893
Winter Exhibition
2786 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1905 - 1905
Exhibition of British Art c. 1000-1860
1254 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1934-01-06 - 1934-03-10
English Book Illustration Since 1800
47 Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, London 1943 - 1944
Artists of Victoria's England
52 Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, Florida 1965-02 - 1965-03
Death, Heaven and the Victorians
98 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1970-05-03 - 1970-08-03
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904
253 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1974-05-07 - 1974-07-14
253 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1974 - 1974
Pre-Raphaelite Art From Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
57 Hong Kong Museum of Art 1984-10-19 - 1984-12-02


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.383
Frederick Sandys (1829-1904): A Catalogue Raisonne
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service 2B.29, pp. 207-208


James Anderson Rose, sold at his death, Christie's 5 May 1891( part of lot 90), bought by Charles Fairfax Murray for £6.6.0.

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Name Type
Henry Alford Author
Reverend Robert Aris Willmott Associated with

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