C1866

Waiting for the Verdict.Not Guilty.

Artist:

Abraham Solomon (1823 - 1862)

A magnificent pair of the largest legal engravings ever made, by the British artist Abraham Solomon. Solomon sets legal drama in a provincial town during the assizes, or temporary courts. The setting, costume and accessories are all painted with great … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Waiting for the Verdict.Not Guilty.

Date:

C1866

Artist:

Abraham Solomon (1823 - 1862)

Engraver:

William Henry Simmons 
(1811 – 
1882)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Original mixed method engravings

Image Size: 

700mm 
x 555mm

Frame Size: 

1008mm 
x 970mm
AUTHENTICITY
Waiting for the Verdict.Not Guilty. - Antique Print from 1866

Genuine antique
dated:

1866

Description:

A magnificent pair of the largest legal engravings ever made, by the British artist Abraham Solomon.

Solomon sets legal drama in a provincial town during the assizes, or temporary courts. The setting, costume and accessories are all painted with great attention to detail.

In the first engraving a family is shown in anguish and fear of the unknown verdict, of a young man who has been accused of a crime. A young boy is asleep on his mother’s lap and the young man’s mother holds an infant; the family dog rests its head on the father’s knee.

In the second, Solomon reveals the family’s relief now that the man has been acquitted. It seems he was wrongly accused or the victim of a malicious charge as in the background a bystander points accusingly at a man leaving the courthouse. It is clear that the guilty man is escaping and the original charge was malicious.

Artist:

Abraham Solomon (1823 –1862) 

English painter born in London. His father was one of the first Jews to be admitted to the freedom of the city of London. A younger brother, Simeon Solomon, acquired much acclaim as a Pre-Raphaelite painter and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1858 to 1872. 

At the age of thirteen Abraham became a pupil in Sass’s school of art in Bloomsbury, and in 1838 gained the Isis silver medal at the Society of Arts for a drawing from a statue. In 1839 he was admitted as a student of the Royal Academy, where he received in the same year a silver medal for drawing from the antique, and in 1843 another for drawing from the life.  

Solomon died in Biarritz in France, of heart disease, on 19 December 1862, the same day on which he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy.

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