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Solomon Joseph Solomon, R.A., P.R.B.A. (1860-1927)
Solomon Joseph Solomon, R.A., P.R.B.A. (1860-1927)

Self-portrait, circa 1896

Solomon Joseph Solomon, R.A., P.R.B.A. (1860-1927)
Self-portrait, circa 1896
signed with monogram (lower right)
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Mrs Montagu.
The Royal Society of British Artists; Christie's, London, 23 March 1984, lot 99.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 13 May 1987, lot 51.
with David Messum Gallery, London.
L. Wortley, British Impressionism: A Garden of Bright Images, London, 1988, p. 183, illustrated.
J. Pery, Solomon J. Solomon RA, Ben Uri Gallery, exh. cat, London, 1990, p. 20, no. 6, illustrated on front cover.
S. Tumarkin Goodman (ed.), The Emergence of Jewish Artists in Nineteenth-Century Europe, New York, 2001, p. 73, no. 24, illustrated.
London, Ben Uri Gallery, Solomon J. Solomon, 1990, no. 6, lent by David Messum.
New York, The Jewish Museum, The Emergence of Jewish Artists in 19th Century Europe, 18 November 2001-17 March 2002, no. 24.

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This elegant portrait of the artist was painted circa 1896, the year that Solomon was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy, only the second Jewish artist to be admitted to the Academy. It depicts a confident artist at the height of his powers, holding the tools of his trade, following in a tradition of self-portraiture immortalised by earlier masters such as Rembrandt and Vigée Le Brun.

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