Abraham Solomon Waiting for the Verdict 1857

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Artwork details

Artist
Abraham Solomon 1824–1862
Title
Waiting for the Verdict
Date 1857
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1019 x 1273 mm
frame: 1394 x 1644 x 123 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Sue Hammerson Charitable Trust 1983
Reference
T03614
Not on display

Display caption

Paintings about trials, sentencing and courtroom incidents were extremely popular during the Victorian period. Solomon sets the scene in a darkened room. The family’s hopelessness is evident from the gentleman with his head in his hands and the woman’s angst-ridden expression. A sense of suspense is suggested by the woman who looks over her shoulder anxiously as the door of the courtroom opens. Despite the gloomy subject matter, both this picture and the sequel, Not Guilty (also on display here), were well received. Prints reproducing them sold well across the country.

July 2007

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