Friday, May 28, 2010

Simeon Solomon - Sappho and Erinna in the garden Mytelene

heightened with white
signed with monogram (l.r.)
dated 2.64
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.

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