Abraham Solomon

image 1Abraham Solomon, the son of a hat manufacturer, was born in Bishopsgate, London, in August 1823. His father, Michael Solomon, was the first Jewish person to be admitted to the freedom of the city of London.

At the age of thirteen Solomon became a student at the Sass School of Art in Bloomsbury. Three years later he was admitted to the Royal Academy. Early paintings produced by Solomon included 
My Grandmother (1840), Vicar of Wakefield (1842), The Breakfast Table (1846) and Too Truthful (1850).

In 1854 Solomon turned his attention to the subject of railway travel. First Class - the Meeting created a great deal of controversy as it showed a man in a first-class railway carriage flirting with a young woman, while her father was asleep. In the revised version produced the following year, the man is talking to the father rather than the daughter. Soon afterwards Solomon painted another picture on the subject of railway travel, Second-Class - the Parting (1855).

Abraham Solomon was now a very popular artist and his paintings 
A Contrast (1855), The Bride (1856), Doubtful Fortune (1856), Waiting for the Verdict (1857) and Not Guilty (1957) were acclaimed by both the art critics and the general public. Engravings of these paintings sold in large numbers. Abraham Solomon continued to be a popular artist until his death from heart disease in 1862.


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