Emma Sandys: British painter born 1843 died at the aged of 34 in 1877.
Born in Norwich in 1843, Emma was taught to paint by her father and she began to exhibit from 1867 onwards (though her earliest known painting is dated 1863). Emma, during her career, exhibited portraits and female heads in oil supplemented by chalk drawings of the same subjects. Sandys attracted a considerable number of commissions for child portraits and was able to produce compelling character studies within this traditionally un-respected genre. Her last exhibition was in 1874. She died in Norwich in 1877. Very limited information is available on Emma or her sibling Frederick.
Her brother Anthony Frederick Sandys (1829-1904) was also a painter and I have included 3 of his works - when you compare brother and sister you will see the influences of the Pre-Raphaelite movement (a movement neither joined). Their style was very similar - in particular the eyes and hair. I find the eyes to have a far-away dreamy look, leaving the viewer wondering what these women were thinking.
"Fiammetta" by Emma Sandys
"La belle giroflée jaune" by Emma Sandys (1865)
"Elaine" by Emma Sandys (1862-5)
"A fashionable lady"by Emma Sandys
Anthony Frederick Sandys (Emma's brother)
"Grace Rose" (I particularly love this one)
By Winifred Sandys (1875-1944) – Emma's niece and Frederick's daughter
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