Simeon Solomon (British, 1840-1905) A Pre-Raphaelite studio fantasy unframed
Lot 16*
Simeon Solomon (British, 1840-1905) A Pre-Raphaelite studio fantasy unframed
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 10,000 - 13,000
Lot Details
Simeon Solomon (British, 1840-1905)
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

Footnotes

  • 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.
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