SIMEON SOLOMON (BRITISH 1840-1905)
HEAD OF AN ANGEL
Initialled S.S. and dated 1900, pencil
15cm x 22cm (6in x 8.75in)
Estimate £ 1,000-1,500
Provenance: Abbott and Holder.
Note: Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) born in London to an artistic Jewish family attended the Royal Academy Schools for arts. Solomon become a known figure in the pre-Raphaelite movement and painted many pictures influenced by Biblical and Jewish themes. It was after his introduction to Algernon Charles Swinburne around 1865 where he became influenced by the Classicists which became his dominant style. It is in this style that Solomon was able to symbolically express himself and composed many pictures of languorous, aesthetic youths. His work became known in America after being featured in Frederick Hollyer's photographic album 'Portraits of any person of Note' in 1866. Today he is also recognised for his prose poetry, 'A Vision of Love Revealed In Sleep', considered a landmark in gay literature. Although Solomon faced many personal struggles later in life, his work has remained sought after and is included in the collections of The National Portrait Gallery, London; Tate Britain, London; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Harvard Art Museum and numerous institutions worldwide.
Sold for £6,250 (buyer's premium included)