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Painter and illustrator born in Norwich as Antonio Frederick Augustus Sands. He received his earliest art instruction from his father, himself an artist, and in 1846 Frederick Sandys, as he was known, attended the Norwich School of Design. He had begun by drawing for 'Once a Week', the 'Cornhill Magazine', 'Good Words' and other periodicals and as no books have been traced that he has illustrated, it is assumed that he only drew in the magazines. Early in the 1860s, he began to exhibit the paintings which were to make him famous and for a time he shared a house in Chelsea with his friend Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Sandys painted oils much in the Pre-Raphaelite style, his work being characterised by the superiority of its draughtsmanship and a proclivity for femmes fatales.

Text source: Liss Llewellyn

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