Simeon Solomon

Hosannah, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel

published 1881

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Artist
Simeon Solomon 1840–1905
Medium
Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions
Image: 165 x 121 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924
Reference
N04013

Display caption

In this illustration to Psalm 60, a priestess worships while playing a harp. She is clearly absorbed in her own thoughts as she plucks the strings of the instrument.

Simeon Solomon had a Jewish upbringing and produced many illustrations of Hebraic life and ritual for popular magazines such as Leisure Hour and Jews in England until his arrest for homosexual behaviour in 1873. He made a total of twenty designs for the Bible Gallery, of which only six were published in the first edition; the rest appeared in 1894.

Gallery label, November 2004