Sotheby's, Belgravia, 1 October 1979, lot 7, where purchased by Seymour Stein
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.
This drawing is in very good condition. The paper is flat in the frame. There are a few isolated spots of paper staining in the upper right corner and along the lower edge but this is only visible upon close inspection.
The drawing is contained in a simple gilt frame with a clean mount and under glass. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."