Arts Everyday Living: Portraits of the Victorian Era–From Woman of Roses to an Unusual Judge

Frederick Sandys, Grace Rose, 1866, oil on panel, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

 

British artist Frederick Sandys (1829-1904) lived during the Victorian era, often producing poetic portraits of beautiful  women evident in Grace Rose, its title probably referring to a type of flower. However, Sandys sometimes depicted prominent individuals such as Philip Bedingfeld who was a lawyer and judge. Yet do you notice the decorative panel behind him, particularly the striking flowers, symbolizing perhaps that he was an artist too?

 

Frederick Sandys, Philip Bedingfeld, 1860, oil?, location unknown

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