The Pearl. Anthony Frederick Sandys (English, Pre-Raphaelite, 1829-1904). Oil on canvas.
Sandys became friends with a very flamboyant and bohemian set of people, mainly artists and writers. Centred around Rossetti’s exotic house, Sandys, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Swinburne and others painted, wrote and partied. It was around this time that Sandys added the ‘y’ to his surname in order to add to his glamorous and bohemian reputation.