Marie Meredith, c 1890
Coloured chalks; signed and titled.
17 x 13 inches
Maas Gallery, 1979, no. 80
Schiller-Wapner Galleries, 1983, no. 127
H. P. Sturgis in 1896
Maas Gallery, 1979
Sold to Barry Friedman, New York, 1980
Esther Wood, 1896, p. 54
Betty Elzea, Frederick Sandys: A Catalogue Raisonné, Woodbridge, 2001, p. 281: no 5.16
In this lucent example of Sandys’s fine technique in coloured chalks, he has drawn the daughter of his friend the novelist George Meredith, (who sat for Henry Wallis’s Death of Chatterton). This drawing was done in 1893, when Marie was 23, and just married. Sandys was fond of her and called her by the affectionate names of ‘Marietta’ or ‘Riette’, while her father called her ‘Dearie’. In December 1894 Meredith wrote to Sandys ‘I have bidden the Dearie march to the finish of her portrait, and she has vowed over again that she wished to and would. Your call will compel her. She has had visitings and receivings to do since her marriage’.