Emma Sandys

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Emma Sandys
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Mary Ann Emma Sands

1843 (1843)
Died1877 (aged 33–34)
Norwich, England,
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Known forPainting
Mary Emma Jones by Emma Sandys, 1874
Fiammetta by Emma Sandys, 1876

Emma Sandys (born Mary Ann Emma Sands) (1843 – November 1877) was a 19th-century English Pre-Raphaelite painter.[1]


Emma Sandys was born in Norwich where her father, Anthony Sands (1806–1883), gave her some early lessons. In 1853 the family added a ‘y’ to their surname. She was influenced by her brother Frederick Sandys (1829–1904), one of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and his friend Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Her earliest dated painting is marked 1863 and she exhibited her works in both London and Norwich between 1867 and 1874.[2] Her works were mainly portraits in both oil and chalk of children and of young women, often in period or medieval clothing, against backgrounds of brightly coloured flowers.[3] Emma Sandys did most of her work around Norwich but may have spent time in the studio of her brother, Frederick Sandys, in London. She died in Norwich in November 1877.[4]

Her works include:

  • Elaine (National Trust Collection, Lanhydrock, Cornwall.)[2]
  • Fiammetta
  • Lady in Yellow Dress (Norwich Castle Museum.)[2]
  • Viola (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.)[2]


  1. ^ Christopher Wright; Catherine May Gordon; Mary Peskett Smith (2006). British and Irish paintings in public collections: an index of British and Irish oil paintings by artists born before 1870 in public and institutional collections in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Yale University Press. p. 702. ISBN 9780300117301. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Yeldham, Charlotte (2004). Pre-Raphaelite women artists (act. 1848-1870s), female contemporaries of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. (available online from 2011).
  3. ^ Leighton House Museum (2014). A Victorian obsession: the Pérez Simon collection at Leighton House Museum, 14 November 2014 – 29 March 2015. Exhibition guide. 75p. London, Leighton House Museum.
  4. ^ "Victorian Web". Portrait of a Girl by Emma Sandys. Victorian Web. Retrieved 15 June 2011.

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