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Sandys' Life & Times
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Sandys' Love Life

Like many of the Pre-Raphaelites, Sandys' love life was rather racy! Millais had famously started an affair with Ruskin's wife Effie whilst on holiday with the couple, and Rossetti's tragic relationship with Elizabeth Siddal and endless obsessions with his models (including Jane, wife of his friend William Morris) had resulted in some of his most beautiful paintings.

Sandys was no exception. Married at the age of 27 to the rather plain Georgiana Creed, the marriage broke up after only three years, although Sandys never divorced her. He then began relationships with two women - the actress Mary Emma Jones and the beautiful gipsy Keomi. Sandys met Keomi in Norwich and whisked her back to London where he painted her many times - the most striking image of her is as 'Medea'. Their relationship lasted five years.

Mary Emma however remained with Sandys for his entire life. He was devoted to her and she became his muse as well as the mother of their ten children! They never married, but she called herself 'Mrs Sandys' and was known as his wife to most people. Sandys drawing of her as 'Proud Maisie' became one of the most popular images of the day.

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