Reattributing the Magdalene: Sandys to Shields at the NGV
Keywords:Frederick Sandys, Bernard Hall, Frederic Shields, misattribution, monogram
AbstractA brief note exploring the visual and art historical evidence for reattributing the large drawing Sorrow (1873), purchased for the NGV in 1904 as the work of Frederick Sandys (1829-1904). Recent investigations, prompted by advice from British art historian Scott Thomas Buckle in response to the NGV's digital copy of the work, reveal that this was not the work of Frederic Sandys, but of the lesser-known Pre-Raphaelite artist Frederic Shields (1833-1911). A key piece of evidence is the distinctive monogram (F.S. with the date 1873).
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