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Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Simeon Solomon
1840-1905
DANTE
signed with monogram and dated 1903 l.l. and inscribed l.r. in a cartouche; DANTE ALIGHIERI/DIVINO POETA/FIRENZE RAVENNA
pencil with black chalk
51 by 33cm., 20 by 13¼in.
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Provenance

Christie's, London, 1 December 1989, lot 1088, where purchased by Seymour Stein

Catalogue Note

This drawing is very similar to Solomon's portrait of the artist Giotto di Bondone (Christie's, London, 11 July 2017, lot 38) which is likewise inscribed with the cities to which he was most associated. Dante was particularly associated with Rossetti's circle of friends and although their close friendship had been severed by Solomon's retraction from society, the influence of Rossetti's subject-matter and style on Solomon's work was long-lasting. This drawing has a particularly melancholic intensity with the poet shown deep in brooding contemplation. The likeness of the poet seems to have been based upon Sandro Botticelli's portrait of 1495 in which he wears the same cowl garlanded with olive leaves and a high-necked coat.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London