N04916 A FAMILY GROUP: THE ARTIST'S WIFE AND CHILDREN (‘PAPA PAINTING!’) 1905
Inscr. ‘S J S [in monogram] 05’ b.l.
Canvas, 63 1/2×69 (161×175).
Presented by the artist's widow 1938.
Exh: R.A., 1905 (80), as ‘Papa Painting!’; R.A., Late Members, winter 1928 (303); Paintings by Solomon J. Solomon, R.A. and Lily Delissa Joseph, Ben Uri Gallery, May 1946 (76, repr.).
Lit: Olga Somech Phillips, Solomon J. Solomon: A Memoir of Peace and War, n.d. , pp.83, 85, 89, 223.
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1905, p.91; Art Journal, 1905, p.165, as ‘Papa Painting’.
The painting shows the artist's wife Ella, daughter of Hyman Montagu, F.S.A., whom he married in 1897 (and who died in 1957) and, looking from left to right of the picture, his eldest daughter Mary (b. 1898, now Mrs Ronald Rubinstein), his youngest child Iris Rachel (b. 1903, now the Hon. Mrs Ewen Montagu), and standing on the right, his son Dorian Joseph (b. 1901). In a letter to the compiler (7 July 1958) Mrs Montagu wrote: ‘I am the baby who gave the title to the portrait by (so I am told) taking up the pose, pointing at Father and saying “Papa painting”…