A Pre-Raphaelite studio fantasy inscribed with extended title below image pen and black ink over pencil 23.5 x 23.5cm (9 1/4 x 9 1/4in). unframed
The present lot depicts Simeon Solomon's ability to mock the Pre-Raphaelite's mission even at an early age. He was only fifteen when he drew this and yet he demonstrates his irreverence to the Brotherhood despite being both a highly serious and knowledgeable young acolyte. He draws himself as an artist equipped with palette, paintbrush and Ruskin's 'modern painters' being subjected to a father's lament for a wasted education. Throughout his life Solomon exhibited regularly with the Pre-Raphaelites (only missing one year between 1860 and 1872) but like Burne-Jones and Rosseti, he adopted humour in his work and often admiministered mockery through wicked satire.
The inscription below the work reads: 'In this drawing we find depicted the various emotions which might be found in the countenance of any great painter, (not a member of the Academy oh dear, no! they are too liberal minded) where he discovers that his **** hour, after five courses of lectures, three editions of Barry, Opie, Fuseli, and numerous other incentives to artistic progress has read R.sk.n, and become a P-eR-e. In the background is represented the distressed parent's great work "Diana and Mendiumon (unsold) (!)".
Literature: (ex. cat) Colin Cruise, Love Revealed Simeon Solomon and the PreRaphaelites, (Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 2005), P.34. fig. 11.