“The late Abraham Solomon, who died in 1862, painted many pictures which rendered his works very popular with those who look for striking incident and individual character. His Art was certainly not refined as a rule, but it told a story effectively, and this will always invite attention. Witness his 'Drowned! Drowned!' engraved in our Journal shortly before the painter's death, a picture which, for the narrative it illustrates, attracted marked notice when it appeared in the Academy, and subsequently found more than one imitator. 'Le Malade Imaginaire' is almost the last work he produced; and is unquestionably the most humorous, as it is also one, in every respect, the most clever in delineation of character; for there is point in every figure.... This painter was much accustomed to rely on gorgeous draperies and splendid accessories of every kind to give value to his compositions.” — Art Journal

According to Graves’s records of Royal Academy and British Institution exhibitions, the artist lived at the following addresses:

3, Sandy's Stret, Bishopsgate-without, 1841 (this is where he was born)
8, Percy Street, 1845-46
27, Howland Street, 1846-47
50, Upper Charlotte Street, 1850-51
18, Gower Street, 1856-61

Biographical Material


Other painters in the Solomon family


Conroy, Carolyn. "Abraham Solomon (1823-1862): A Brief Biography." The Simeon Solomon Research Archive. Web. 22 March 2019.

The Emergence of Jewish Artists in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Exhibition Catalogue. Ed. Susan Tumarkin Goodman. London: Merrell; New York: Jewish Museum, 2001.

Gossman, Lionel. From Expulsion to Emancipation: Jews in England 1290-1858. A Victorian Web Foundation book. 2020. (complete text).

Graves, Algernon. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and their work from its Foundation in 1769-1904. 8 vols. London: Henry Graves and Co. and George Bell, 1906.

“Selected Pictures in the Collection of R. P. Harding, Esq. Wood Hall, East Dulwich”. Art Journal. (1871): 136.

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