Thursday, June 25, 2009

Frederick Sandys - Judith

oil on board
15 3/4 x 11 3/4"
early 1860's
until it was sold by Sotherby's in 1996 it had not been seen on view in public since 1879.
The figure is Judith from the Bible and shows Sandy's interest in Jewish history. He was friends with Simeon Solomon (as well as close friends with Rossetti). The model was a gypsy girl called Keomi who was also the mistress of the artist and also modelled for Rossetti (eg, in The Beloved).

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