Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)
Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)

A bishop of the Eastern Church

Details
Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)
A bishop of the Eastern Church
signed with initials and dated 'SS/1874' (lower left)
pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour on paper
12 x 8 7/8 in. (30.5 x 22.6 cm.)
Provenance
with The Fine Art Society, London, 1988.
Exhibited
Birmingham, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites, 2005, no. 95.

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Lot Essay

Dated 1874, this is one of Solomon's last works to record a Christian ritual in detail; thereafter his works become vaguer, less accurate and more expressive of mysticism. A Greek Orthodox bishop, identified by his crozier, or staff, is seen blessing his congregation, a subject depicted by Solomon several times. The use of bodycolour scumbled over a watercolour base achieves a remarkable sense of the shimmering silk and gold thread of the bishops robes.
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