John Postle Heseltine, his sale Sotheby's, London 8 July 1935, lot 2; Shepherd Gallery, New York, where purchased in 1969 by William Fischelis, U.S.A.; Private collection
Betty Elzea, Frederick Sandys 1829-1904 - A Catalogue Raisonne, 2001, p.295, cat.no.5.60, illustrated p.294
This finely-drawn picture probably depicts one of Sandys' daughters, who posed for many of his later drawings. It is most likely that it depicts Mildred and there is little to denote that she is the Hebrew heroine who seduced and slew Holophernes, other than her wreath of laurels and vaguely classical gown which hint at ancient history.
Judith belonged to John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929), a stockbroker, etcher and Trustee of the National Gallery who owned a fine art collection.
This drawing is in good condition and does not appear to have been laid-down. There are spots of foxing (visible in the catalogue illustration) and the sheet is a little discoloured and cockled.
Contained in a moulded composite frame with a clean mount and under glass. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."