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

Night and her child Sleep

Details
Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)
Night and her child Sleep
signed with monogram and dated '1892' (lower right) and inscribed 'NIGHT AND HER CHILD SLEEP' (upper centre, in a cartouche)
sanguine chalk on paper
28 7/8 x 22 in. (73.2 x 55.8 cm.)
Provenance
with Maas Gallery, London.

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Lot Essay

Night and Sleep was a subject that fascinated Solomon and one that he returned to repeatedly, particularly from the 1880s onwards. Colin Cruise has suggested that the concept comes from Shelley, whose 1813 Queen Mab opened with the lines, 'How wonderful is Death, Death and his brother Sleep!' (C. Cruise, Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites, London, 2005, p. 170).
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