Helen of Troy

Frederick Sandys, 1867 about

WAG 2633

About this object

In the late 1850s and 1860s Sandys painted biblical, mythological and literary subjects. He was great friends with Rossetti and his female portraits were often inspired by his work, with hints of sexual desire.

This painting is connected to an illustration Sandys made for the periodical 'Once a Week' in 1866. Entitled 'Helen and Cassandra', the scene showed Cassandra berating Helen as Troy burns in the background. Helen chews on a lock of hair in the manner of a spoiled child. This composition portrays the same sulky sideways glance and lowered forehead as seen in the illustration.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    (Anthony) Frederick Augustus Sandys (British: English, born:1829-05-01, died:1904-06-25)
  • Date
    1867 about
  • Materials
    Panel; Oil paint
  • Measurements
    panel: 38.4 cm x 30.5 cm x 7.8 cm; frame: 64.8 cm x 55.9 cm
  • Physical description
    Head and shoulder portrait of a young lady with fiery red hair wearing decorative necklaces. She glances sideways and has a spoilt expression on her face.
  • Related people
    (Anthony) Frederick Augustus Sandys (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2633
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed by Mrs Constance Emily Warr on behalf of Professor George Warr in 1908
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 08
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Fine Art
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