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Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Simeon Solomon
1840-1905
POTENS
signed and dated l.r.: SIMEON/ SOLOMON/ 1896; titled l.c.: POTENS
black chalk and pencil
42 by 28cm., 16½ by 11in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's, Belgravia, 1 October 1979, lot 7, where purchased by Seymour Stein

Catalogue Note

Meaning 'Powerful' Potens is drawn with suitably vigorous strokes of chalk over more descriptive and sensitive pencil lines which have conveyed the tranquillity of the passive face of an androgynous youth. The drawing is typical of the Symbolist drawings that Solomon made in his later years when he was living a difficult life on the streets of London and in the workhouse of St Giles. The subjects that he chose at this time are reflective of inner turmoil and psychological reflection.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London