Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)
Pastoral lovers
signed with device, inscribed and dated '69/ RO[ME]' (lower right)
pencil, watercolour and bodycolour heightened with gum arabic, on paper laid on canvas
14 x 10 in. (35.5 x 25.4 cm.)
P.H. Rathbone.
Lord Lawrence of Kingsgate.
D. Reder; Christie's, London, 28 May 1957, lot 103.
Edinburgh, Museum of Science and Art, no. 343, before 1904, lent by P.H. Rathbone.

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Lot Essay

The present drawing depicts a pair of young lovers walking beside a stream in an autumnal landscape. Solomon was in Italy for the second time in 1869, and so it seems likely that the present drawing could have been made in or near Rome. Colin Cruise has suggested that the male figure may be the same young man as that in Portrait of an Italian Youth (1869, University of Wales, Aberystwyth). His features clearly made an impression on Solomon as they appear in several other works from this period, including In the Summer Twilight (1869, private collection).

We are grateful to Colin Cruise for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.

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