This is one of a number of drawings in the collection executed on pages from the same notebook with the watermark 'Joynson 1855.' Betty Elzea has identified the top sketch as a copy of a portrait of Titian in old age, most likely known by Sandys through an engraving. She suggests that the man below is a copy of a portrait of Michelangelo, also likely to be known by Sandys from an engraving. Elzea notes that 'both seem to have been used as references for the figures of those artists in the background of the caricature 'A Nightmare' (Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné, pp. 144-5).

  • Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Page number top right Handwritten 1857 Watermarked ' Joynson 1855.'. Pencil.


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service No. 1.C.82., pp. 144-145; repr. p. 144


Acquired by Charles Fairfax Murray probably before June 1895, acquired by J R Holliday.

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