Sandys’s meticulously rendered portrait of Susanna Rose (1795-1870) revels in its truth to detail. The coat of arms and the luxurious display of fabrics, fur, and lace recall Dutch, Flemish, and German art from the 1400s to the 1600s (such as the adjacent Janssen van Ceulen portrait), which greatly inspired Sandys. The artist’s intense color and sensuous handling, however, was entirely contemporary. Sandys exhibited this portrait at the Royal Academy in 1863.

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  • Title: Portrait of Susanna Rose
  • Creator: Frederick Sandys (British, 1829-1904)
  • Date Created: 1862
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 54 x 47 x 4.5 cm (21 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.); Unframed: 34.7 x 28 cm (13 11/16 x 11 in.)
  • Provenance: The sitter, Mrs. Susanna Rose [1795-1870] London, England, by descent to her son, Col. Sir William Anderson Rose, Col. Sir William Anderson Rose [1820-1881] London, England, by descent to his granddaughter, Adria Rose Oxley, His granddaughter, Adria Rose Oxley of Kilravock Castle. Her husband, Lt. Col. M. S. Oxley. Their daughter, Valerie Oxley of Tidworth, Hampshire., Their daughter, Valerie Oxley of Tidworth, Hampshire. London sale, Christie's, 2 February 1979 (lot 82, repr.), Portrait of Mrs. Susanna Rose, aged 67 years, for £7,000., (Fischer Fine Art, Ltd., London, United Kingdom, 1979, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1979.81
  • Medium: oil on wood
  • Inscriptions: Signed lower left: 1862/fas [monogram in shield]
  • Fun Fact: The Pre-Raphaelite movement revised elements of old art forms and this painting has all the qualities of a carefully executed Renaissance painting; decorative fabric, a window, and a coat of arms. Gallery 204, our Colonial American gallery, also has a portrait that includes these elements.
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: England, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1979.81

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