Friday, May 28, 2010
Simeon Solomon - Sappho and Erinna in the garden Mytelene
heightened with white
signed with monogram (l.r.)
13 x 14.5"
Legend has it that Sappho and Erinna met at a community of young girls who worshippesd Aphrodite at Mytelene on the island of Lesbos.
Simeon Solomon was known affectionately as the darling of the Pre-Raphaelites, until his tragic rejection from polite society following his arrest in February 1873, aged 32, in a public lavatory in London. His charge with indecent exposure (and 'attempting to commit buggery') received a £100 fine and ruined his career.
and this picture may well be a comment on his own situation.