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Drawing - Proud Maisie
  • Proud Maisie
    Frederick Sandys, born 1829 - died 1904
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Proud Maisie

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1868 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Frederick Sandys, born 1829 - died 1904 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and crayon on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr H. C. Coaks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 149, box (I)

This is Sandys's most famous representation of the actress, Mary Emma Jones, of which he made at least 13 replicas. She was his mistress and favourite model. The biting of the hair alludes to her troubled sensuality. The drawing was exhibited at the Royal Academy without the later title, which refers to Sir Walter Scott's poem 'The Pride of Youth' from The Heart of the Midlothian (1818). Sandys was a better draughtsman than painter. This example demonstrates his outstanding skill in the medium.

Physical description

Bust of a woman with long curly hair looking to viewer's left. She holds her hair in her hand and has a strand in her mouth. The image is drawn on green tinted paper.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1868 (painted)


Frederick Sandys, born 1829 - died 1904 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and crayon on paper


Height: 438 mm, Width: 338 mm

Object history note

The sitter for "Proud Maisie" was Mary Emma Jones, an actress who took the stage name "Miss Clive". Later to become the artist's common-law wife and the mother of his ten surviving children, Mary Emma was especially famous for her luxuriant curly hair." (see Betty Elzea, "Frederick Sandys, a catalogue raisonne" (2001), p.15, and also Cat. no. 2.A.111).
[NB. another version of "Proud Maisie" is in the collection, Museum Number E.1253-1948. This version was formerly in the collection of Lord Battersea.]

NB. A version of this drawing appeared as lot 18 in the 'Stunners: Pre-Raphaelite Art from an American Private Collection' at Christie's on the 16 June 2015.

Descriptive line

Crayon on paper drawing by Frederick Sandys entitled 'Proud Maisie'. Great Britain, 1868.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fagence Cooper, Suzanne, Pre Raphaelite Art in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, V&A Publications, 2003. 176p., ill. ISBN I 85177 393 2
Lambert, Susan. Drawing: Technique & Purpose. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1981. 16 p.
Vikutoria & Arub?to Bijutsukan-z? : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum / selected by Mark Evans [Japan : Brain Trust], 2002. 185 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1933, London: Printed under the Authority of the Board of Education 1934


Crayon; Paper; Pencil




Drawings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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