Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)
Ruth and Boaz
signed with monogram and dated '5¦62' (lower left)
pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic, and with scratching out on paper
9 ½ x 7 1/8 in. (24.1 x 18.1 cm.)
with Maas Gallery, London.
Birmingham, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites, 2005, no. 45.

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Lot Essay

Illustrating the Old Testament story of the Book of Ruth, the present drawing may have related to Solomon's illustrations for the Dalziel Bible, although it was not used in the final version of the book. It dates from 1862, a period when Solomon worked extensively on religious subjects, both for the project and outside of it. The subject had also been examined by Rossetti in an 1855 watercolour sold in these Rooms, 17 June 2014, lot 18.

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