Abraham SolomonNot Guilty (The Acquittal) exhibited 1857

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Artist
Abraham Solomon (1824‑1862)
Title
Not Guilty (The Acquittal)
Date exhibited 1857
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1016 x 1270 mm frame: 1396 x 1652 x 123 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Sue Hammerson Charitable Trust 1983
Reference
T03615
Not on display

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This is the sequel to the painting, Waiting for the Verdict, which is also on display here. Solomon sets the drama in a provincial town during the assizes, or temporary courts. The setting, costume and accessories are all painted with great attention to detail.Solomon reveals the family’s relief now that the man has been acquitted. It seems he was wrongly accused or the victim of a malicious charge. In the background a bystander points accusingly at a man leaving the courthouse. It is clear that the guilty man is escaping and the original charge was malicious.

July 2007

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