London Judaica dealer Joseph Landau travelled to Sworders in Stansted Moutfitchet with the sole purpose of buying a charcoal and white chalk drawing by the Jewish artist Simeon Solomon
Joseph Landau with his purchase
Pictured here is London Judaica dealer Joseph Landau who travelled to Sworders in Stansted Moutfitchet yesterday with the sole purpose of buying a charcoal and white chalk drawing by the Jewish artist Simeon Solomon (1840-1905). Five telephone lines competed against Joseph who was the winning bidder at £6,800.
" I would have paid considerably more, said Joseph.”It's very rare to have an artwork that has a Jewish subject matter - in this case a man carrying the Torah Crown - by a Jewish artist”.
Associated with the Pre-Raphaelites, Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) was noted for his depictions of both Jewish life and same-sex desire. He achieved notoriety after he was caught engaging in sexual activity with a man - a scandal that the cut short his career and contributed to the alcoholism that blighted his final days. His reputation has recovered in recent years: the recent exhibition exhibition Queer British Art 1861-1967 at Tate Britain included seven works by Solomon.
Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) CARRYING THE TORAH https://bit.ly/2XY70AH
We challenged our Picture Department to imagine what it would be like to spend an evening over dinner in the company of an artist of their choice. Next up, Head of Department - Jane Oakley
A fairly unassuming playbill bought in an Epping charity shop for £5 sold for £4,750 in our auction of Fine Interiors on Wednesday 30 June after it was discovered to be a rare theatrical advertisement printed on the H.M.S Resolute during its Arctic expedition in the 1850s.