This is a drapery study for the mother in 'The Sailor's Bride,' a wood engraving executed by Joseph Swain, after a design by Sandys, and published in 'Once a Week,' (13 April, 1861, vol. 4, p. 434). The illustration accompanied a poem of the same name by Marian E. James which 'concerns the return home of an about-to-be-married sailor who finds that his bride-to-be has just died' . dated to 1 December 1860 (Betty Elzea, 'Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné,' p. 200).

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Bottom of Dress / Dec. 1 - 1860
- middle centre Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904
211 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1974-05-07 - 1974-07-14
211 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1974 - 1974


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd., Derby p.378
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service no. 2.B.8, p. 202.

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Marian E James Associated with
Joseph Swain Associated with

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