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

Head of a woman, in profile, facing left

Details
Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)
Head of a woman, in profile, facing left
signed with initials and dated 'SS/ 1899' (lower left)
black chalk on paper
12 7/8 x 11 1/8 in. (32.8 x 28.3 cm.)
Provenance
with Campbell Wilson, Aberdeenshire, where purchased by the present owners.
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Lot Essay

This drawing moves away from the stylisation often seen in Solomon’s female heads, and presents a realism unusual in his late work. As such it seems likely that this is a portrait of an individual rather than a study for an allegorical or religious work. The use of the cream tone of the paper as the skin-tone, with the black chalk merely adding shadow, gives his sitter a remarkable radiance and strengthens her handsome features.
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