“Perdita” (1866) by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829-1904)
He displayed great skills as a draughtsman, achieving recognition with his print parodying John Everett Millais’s Sir Isumbras at the Ford in 1857.The caricaturist turned the horse of Sir Isumbras into a donkey labelled J. R., Oxon. (John Ruskin). Upon it were seated Millais himself, in the character of the knight, with Rossetti and William Holman Hunt as the two children, one before and one behind.
The caricature, produced using the new autographic lithographic, caused a lot of talk about who the artist might be and ultimately introduced Sandys to the London art community.
Rossetti and Sandys became intimate friends, and from May 1866 to July 1867, Sandys lived with Rossetti in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Sandys works were profoundly influenced by those of Rossetti. He focused mainly on mythological subjects and portraits