Anthony Frederick Sandys (1829 – 1904) was one of the most able, consistent, & significant of the Pre-Raphaelites. He had a penchant for painting half-length figures of malicious sexually predatory women. In real life, as will be seen above, Anthony Frederick Sandys did not seem to be in any awe of women. Sandys was probably the best draughtsman amongst the Pre-Raphaelites, and Anthony Frederick Sandys was a supremely naturally talented artist, in the same league as Millais. The rejection of Medea by the Royal Academy in 1868 seems to have had, not surprisingly, a profound effect on Sandys. This rejection by the Hanging Committee was quite obviously politically based. Sandys was a painstaking perfectionist in the execution of his oil paintings, & Anthony Frederick Sandys must have asked himself if all the hard work was worthwhile. Following this Anthony Frederick Sandys painted much less in oils, and tended to produce portraits in coloured chalks. This move was less of a loss than it seems, as many of the coloured chalk portraits are beautifully done. Whatever Sandys did, artistically Anthony Frederick Sandys did well.
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