Sandys was a prolific illustrator for books and magazines during the 1860s, the heyday of wood engraving. This design was engraved (in reverse) by Joseph Swain for 'Once a Week,' 28 April 1866 with a poem by Alfred B Richards. Here the prophetess Cassandra berates Helen of Troy by pointing to the city which burns as a result of her infidelity.

  • 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
271 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1974-05-07 - 1974-07-14
271 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1974 - 1974
Pre-Raphaelite Art from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
60 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.381
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service no. 2.B.89, p. 229.


James Anderson Rose, sold at his death at Christie's, 5 May 1891 (lot 96), bought by Charles Fairfax Murray.

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