Betty Elzea suggests that the subject of Lethe may be taken from Dante (p. 237). The model for the head was Emma Sandys, the artist's sister.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904
149 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1974-05-07 - 1974-07-14
149 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1974 - 1974
Pre-Raphaelite Art from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
61 Hong Kong Museum of Art 1984-10-19 - 1984-12-02
Pre-Raphaelite Women
36 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1985-10-09 - 1986-01-02
36 Stoke-on-Trent Museum and Art Gallery 1986-09-13 - 1986-10-19


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. 388
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service no. 3.10, p. 237.


Acquired by Charles Fairfax Murray before June 1895.

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