Frederick Sandys met Rossetti, one of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, in 1857. The painting Gentle Spring was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1865. It represents Proserpina who, in the Roman mythology, returned from the underworld every spring.
Gentle Spring – Oil on Canvas by Frederick Sandys (Ashmolean Museum – Oxford, UK)
The realistic plants and flowers were painted in the garden of the poet and novelist George Meredith.
FREE admission to permanent collections