Of all the images that Solomon produced, his Symbolist depictions of Night and her child Sleep, was arguably the most powerful. Nyx, the Greek Goddess of Night, is usually depicted as a hooded maternal figure against a starry sky, accompanied by a youth with closed eyes who can be identified as her son Hypnos God of Sleep, fathered by Erebus the God of Darkness. In Solomon’s drawings he usually placed poppies (symbols of sleep due to their opiate powers) in the hair of Hypnos beside wings on his temples (symbolising the flight of time) which was probably derived from classical sculpture such as the famous bronze at the British Museum. There is a sensual languor to the imagery of the two androgynous heads facing each other, one conscious and perceptive and other in slumber which was perhaps a composition inspired by The Sleepers and the One who Watcheth of 1870 (Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum). A lost drawing of 1872 entitled Night and Sleep is known from a photograph and was probably the most elaborate of the various versions; another of the same title is dated 1888 (Birmingham City Art Gallery) and The Moon and Sleep of 1894 (Tate) may also be included in the group of related pictures.
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