This study is a replica of the right figure on a sheet of studies of two women for the oil painting 'Mary Magdalen' (1862, Castle Museum, Norwich). The sheet of studies is known as either 'Tears' or 'Tears, Idle Tears' (1862, pencil and pen and black ink, private collection). Betty Elzea suggests that 'since these originals had long since left the artist's hands, Sandys probably made this version from the [printed reproduction of 'Tears'] in 'The Art Journal,' March 1884' ('Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné,' p. 273). The artist is known to have made at least one other replica of this figure in the 1880s (red chalk on paper, private collection).

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
F. Sandys
Signature top right Handwritten -


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. 397
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service No. 4.48., pp. 272-273; repr. p. 273


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

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