Frederick Sandys

The Reverend James Bulwer

1858
Described as “quiet, easy and dignified, like an apostle,” Bulwer (1794–1879) was an amateur artist and antiquarian from Norfolk, who commissioned records of local architecture from figures such as Sandys. Here, the meticulously painted ivy and the elaborate doorway (inspired by nearby Ely Cathedral) are almost emblems of their period: fascination with Nature and the Middle Ages was widely shared. The careful description aligns Sandys with the Pre-Raphaelites, one current in contemporary British art. Frame: moulded ornament over wooden substructure, gilded. Britain, original
Title
The Reverend James Bulwer
Date
1858
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on wood
Dimensions
76 x 55.6 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Gift of Gwendolen Bulwer, Vancouver, 1961
Accession number
9657