Purchased in August 1919 for The Ben Uri Gallery with the assistance of Moshe Oved
Ben Uri Gallery, London, Homeless & Hidden 1, 2009; Somerset House, London, Out of Chaos: Ben Uri - 100 Years in London, 2015
Solomon’s mastery as a draughtsman was particularly fine in his use of red chalk and Night Looking Upon Sleep her Beloved Child is typical of the intensely personal and visionary chalk drawings which Solomon produced during his later years. Another red chalk drawing of a very similar composition, entitled Night and her Child Sleep (Christie's, London, 18 June 2018, lot 8) was made in 1892, a year before the present drawing.
The sheet is flat and there are signs of slight cockling. There is a repaired tear running from the left edge of the sheet to the lower poppy with a further associated crease or tear. There is also a repaired tear at the top edge and another at the lower edge. There is general light staining and the drawing would benefit from a light clean and restoration.
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