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Girl at a Fountain

Simeon Solomon, 1865

LL 3881

About this object

Solomon’s watercolour represents the luxuriant mood that dominated progressive art in the mid-1860s. There was a new fondness for subjects that invoked a sense of luxury or pleasure without any narrative or historical significance. This classically inspired scene shows a young girl in a beautiful red dress filling a vase with water.

There is a deliberate erotic charge to subjects of this kind. The spectator is invited to imagine the girls’ thoughts as she gazes distractedly at the flowing water and filling vessel.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Simeon Solomon (British, born:1840-10-09, died:1905-08-14)
  • Date
    1865
  • Materials
    Paper; Card; Watercolour; Gum arabic; White heightening
  • Measurements
    33 cm x 25.5 cm
  • Physical description
    Half length portrait of a woman filling a vase from a fountain on the left. She wears red and gazes past the viewer to the left of the composition.
  • Related people
    Simeon Solomon (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    Accession Number: LL 3881; Out of Use Accession Number: WHL 3352
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1917
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections
Object view = Fine Art
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