Simeon Solomon Timeline

This timeline was created by the Simeon Solomon Research Archive and is a work in progress. It chronicles some of the main events in the life and work of Victorian artist Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) and his artist siblings Abraham (1823-1862) and Rebecca.(1832-1886)

Tab Key:;xNLx;;xNLx;Blue: Abraham Solomon events;xNLx;Green: Rebecca Solomon events.;xNLx;Red: Simeon Solomon Events;xNLx;Black: Solomon family events;xNLx;Yellow: Simeon Solomon Artwork;xNLx;;xNLx;;xNLx;ABOUT US: www.simeonsolomon.com;xNLx;The Simeon Solomon Research Archive is a repository of information about the nineteenth-century Anglo-Jewish artist Simeon Solomon (1840-1905). Its purpose is to encourage research into the work of Simeon Solomon, who until recently was still an obscure Victorian artist known only to those interested in Pre-Raphaelite studies. Over the past thirty years increased interest in the Pre-Raphaelites and Aesthetes, Jewish studies, and gender/gay/queer studies has generated a resurgence of information on Solomon and his work. The site also includes information about Solomon's artist siblings Abraham and Rebecca Solomon. Go to the links below to find out more.;xNLx;​The site is now in its eighteenth year and is researched, edited and maintained by Dr. Carolyn Conroy and Dr. Roberto C. Ferrari. We have both spent many years studying Solomon's life and work. ​ To view the site go to: www.simeonsolomon.com;xNLx;;xNLx;For a 2-part biography of Simeon Solomon, see: https://www.simeonsolomon.com/simeon-solomon-biography.html;xNLx;;xNLx;[Please note: this is not a comprehensive list of all Solomon works or events, and because of the limitations of the dating system on this timeline, some dates have had to be rounded off or entered as approximations and should only be seen as a guideline}.

1823-05-14 00:00:00

Abraham Solomon born 1823

Artist Abraham Solomon was born at 3 Sandy's Street, Bishopsgate Without, East London on 14 May 1823. Abraham is the third child and second oldest son of the eight surviving children of Jewish merchant Michael (Myer) Solomon (1789-1854) and his wife Catherine (Kate) Levy (c.1803-1886). For a biography click the Find Out More button.

1832-09-26 00:00:00

Rebecca Solomon born 1832

Artist Rebecca Solomon born at 3 Sandy's Street, Bishopsgate Without, East London on 26 September 1838. Rebecca is the seventh child and youngest daughter of the eight surviving children of Jewish merchant Michael (Myer) Solomon (1789-1854) and his wife Catherine (Kate) Levy (c.1803-1886). For a biography click the Find Out More button.

1836-01-01 00:00:00

Abraham enrolled at Sass's School 1836

Abraham enters Sass’s School of Art in Bloomsbury

1838-12-08 00:00:00

Abraham enters RA Schools 1838

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1839-01-01 00:00:00

Michael Solomon expands family business 1839

Michael Solomon moves away from family hatmaking business and establishes factory embossing paper and paper doilies

1840-03-01 00:00:00

Abraham's First Exhibition

Abraham exhibits 'Rabbi Expounding the Scriptures' at the Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street.

1840-10-09 00:00:00

Simeon Solomon born 1840

Artist Simeon Solomon is born at 3 Sandy's St, Bishopsgate Without, East London on 9 October 1840. Simeon is the last of the eight surviving children of Jewish merchant Michael (Myer) Solomon (1789-1854) and his wife Catherine (Kate) Levy (c.1803-1886). For a biography click the Find Out More button.

1841-05-03 00:00:00

Abraham: First RA Exhibition 1841

Abraham exhibits at the Royal Academy for the first time. Works shown are no. 88 My Grandmother no. 1164 "It would seem that nurse Schoolbred's applications were now so far successful, that Catherine's senses were..." Fair Maid of Perth

1842-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham exhibits at RA 1842

Abraham exhibits #1022, Scene from the Vicar of Wakefield at the Royal Academy.

1843-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham exhibits at RA 1843

Abraham exhibits #125, “On widow fair and staid He fixed his eye,…”—Crabbe at the Royal Academy

1844-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham exhibits at RA 1844

Abraham exhibits no. 10 "The Sabbath service o'er, through shady lanes With intermingled trees and shrubs embowered Their way they took. With truth and eloquence from Love derived, his tender suit he urged, And of the future such a picture drew Of happiness, by mutual love insured, As in the maid a chord responsive woke". no. 255 Portrait of a Lady at the Royal Academy.

1845-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham exhibits at RA 1845

Abraham exhibits #502, “’Then by heaven,’ answered Julian, ‘I will watch his arrival in this island…”—Peveril of the Peak, at the Royal Academy.

1846-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham exhibits at RA 1846

Abraham exhibits no. 670 The Breakfast Table "The Stratagem of Youth often outwits the experience of age." at the Royal Academy

1847-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham exhibits at RA 1847

Abraham exhibits #606, Robert Manning, Esq. #746, The Vicar of Wakefield, when prepared for church on the first Sundayafter his loss of fortune, reproving his wife and daughters for appearing in their usual finery, at the Royal Academy

1848-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham exhibits at RA 1848

Abraham exhibits #1249, A ball room in the year 1760. “Now let the youth to whose superior place It first belongs the splendid ball to grace, etc.” at the Royal Academy

1849-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham exhibits at RA 1849

Abraham exhibits: #497, Academy for instruction in the discipline of the fan, 1711. at the Royal Academy

1849-05-01 00:00:00

Sale of Family Business 1849

Family business is sold and Solomons move away from their long-term home at Sandy's Street, Bishopsgate Without, to Pitfield Street, Shoreditch.

1850-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham exhibits at RA 1850

Abraham exhibits #525, Too truthful. “So very like a painter drew,…”—Gay, at the Royal Academy.

1850-05-06 00:00:00

Rebecca's first exhibition 1850

The work of students of the British Institution exhibit here in May 1850 and this includes work by Rebecca Solomon. [titles unknown]

1851-05-01 00:00:00

Rebecca exhibits first time at RA 1851

Rebecca exhibits at the Royal Academy for the first time, #254, Teach me thy ways, O Lord—Psalms and Abraham exhibits #817, An awkward position (from Oliver Goldsmith)

1852-01-01 00:00:00

Rebecca: Portrait Myer Salaman

'Portrait of Myer Salaman as a young boy' (1852) in private collection

1852-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham & Rebecca at RA 1852

Abraham exhibits #618, The grisette. “In a few minutes the grisette came in with her box of lace;…” #1100, Scene from “Le Tartuffe,” act ii, scene 4 and Rebecca exhibits #1055, A. Solomon, Esq.

1853-01-01 00:00:00

Simeon at Cary's Drawing School 1853

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1853-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham exhibits at RA 1853

Abraham exhibits no. 470 Brunetta and Phillis (from Spectator no. 80) at Royal Academy

1854-01-01 00:00:00

Simeon: Early Sketchbooks c.1854-

Simeon produces early sketchbooks of drawings. See the link below for more information.

1854-01-01 00:00:00

Rebecca: The Governess 1854

'The Governess' (1854) in private collection.

1854-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham & Rebecca at RA 1854

Abraham exhibits no. 314 First class,--the meeting. “And at first meeting loved.” no. 361, Second class—the parting. “Thus part we rich in sorrow, Parting poor.” and Rebecca exhibits no. 425 The Governess "Ye, too, the friendless, yet dependent, that find nor home, nor lover. Sad imprisoned hearts, captive to the net of circumstance." (Martin Tupper, Proverbial Philosphy) at the Royal Academy

1854-12-05 00:00:00

Michael Solomon Dies 1854

Father of Simeon, Abraham and Rebecca Solomon dies 5 December 1854, aged 65.

1855-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham & Rebecca at RA 1855

Abraham exhibits no. 355 A Contrast "Will fortune never come with both hands full?" and Rebecca exhibits no. 1360 The Story of Balaclava "Wherein he spoke of most disastrous chances." (Shakespeare) at the Royal Academy

1856-01-01 00:00:00

Rebecca: A Fashionable Couple

c. 1856, 'A Fashionable Couple' in private collection.

1856-01-01 00:00:00

Rebecca: Spitalfields School of Design

At this time, Rebecca has been attending the Spitalfields School of Design.

1856-04-24 00:00:00

Simeon: student at RA Schools 1856

Simeon becomes a student at the Royal Academy Schools on 24 April 1856.

1856-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham & Rebecca at RA 1856

Abraham exhibits no. 486 The Bride “We may not know, While life endures, whose lot is joy, whose woe, Whose is the sunlight, whose shall be the shade.” no. 533, Doubtful fortune and Rebecca exhibits no. 511 A Friend in Need "Drest in a little brief authority. He plays such apish and fantastic tricks before high heaven As make the angels weep." (Shakespeare) at the Royal Academy

1856-10-01 00:00:00

Simeon: Forms Sketching Club

Simeon and friends Marcus Stone and Henry Holiday form a Sketching-Club.

1857-01-01 00:00:00

Simeon: 'I Am Starving' 1857

'I am Starving' (1857) in collection of NGA, Washington, USA.

1857-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham & Rebecca at RA 1857

Abraham exhibits no. 562 Waiting for the Verdict and Rebecca exhibits no. 27 "Tis better to be lowly born, And range with humble lovers in content, Than to be perked up in glistening grief, And wear a golden sorrow." (Shakespeare)

1858-01-01 00:00:00

Simeon meets D G Rossetti

Simeon probably met Dante Gabriel Rossetti for the first time at the beginning of 1858.

1858-02-01 00:00:00

Simeon: Joins Junior Etching Club

Simeon joins the Junior Etching Club, which includes John Everett Millais, John Tenniel, and 18 others. They illustrate Thomas Hood’s 1858 collection of poems: 'Passages from the Poems of Thomas Hood'. Simeon's etching is titled 'Haunted House'.

1858-05-01 00:00:00

Solomons exhibit together at RA

This is Simeon's first Royal Academy exhibition, and the first to show works by all three Solomons. Simeon exhibits No. 1066, 'Isaac Offered' Abraham: no. 228 The Flight no. 454 “In silks and satins new, and hoop of monstrous size…”—Goldsmith and Rebecca: no. 1094 Behind the Curtain

1858-11-01 00:00:00

Simeon at Gambart's French Gallery

Simeon exhibits 'By the Waters of Babylon' and 'The Shadow of Death' at Gambart's French Gallery.

1859-01-01 00:00:00

Simeon: 'Self Portrait' 1859

'Self Portrait' (1859) in collection of Tate, London.

1859-04-23 00:00:00

Rebecca: Engraving in ILN

Rebecca's 'The Friend in Need' (1856) engraved in Illustrated London News, 23 Apr 1859, p400: “A charitable woman quietly stays the hand of a pitiless parish beadle about to arrest a poor homeless woman

1859-05-01 00:00:00

Abraham & Rebecca at RA 1859

Abraham and Rebecca, but not Simeon, exhibit at the Royal Academy. Abraham exhibits "no. 243 “Ici on Rase”—Brittany no. 293, The fox and the grapes no. 557, “Not Guilty.” Companion picture to Waiting for the Verdict exh. 1857 and Rebecca exhibits no. 548 Love's Labour Lost.

1860-05-01 00:00:00

Simeon: RA Exhibition 1860

Simeon exhibits his first oil painting #346, Moses (aka The Mother of Moses) at the Royal Academy. Rebecca shows: #269, Peg Woffington’s visit to Triplet. (from Charles Reade) and Abraham shows #478, Drowned! Drowned! “The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices Make instruments to scourge us.”—King Lear

1860-05-10 00:00:00

Abraham marries Ella Hart May 1860

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1860-11-01 00:00:00

Catherine Solomon moves to John St

The family address is now John Street, Bedford Square.

1861-01-01 00:00:00

Simeon: The Great Bookcase

Early in the year, Simeon, Edward Poynter and others are hired by William Burges to paint panels for his Great Bookcase (now at Ashmoleon). Simeon paints three panels: “Philosophy—St. Augustine,” “Sculpture—Pygmalion,” and “Architecture—St. John and the Angel Measuring the Heavenly Jerusalem”.

1861-05-01 00:00:00

Simeon: RA Exhibition 1861

Simeon exhibits #493, A young musician employed in the Temple service during the Feast of Tabernacles (the oil painting now known as Hosannah!). Rebecca exhibits #581, The arrest of a deserter and Abraham exhibits #180, Consolation and #464, La Malade Imaginaire (French quotation).

1862-04-01 00:00:00

Simeon: First Studio at Charles St

Simeon takes up his first studio at 22 Charles Street near Middlesex Hospital.

1862-05-01 00:00:00

Simeon: RA Exhibition 1862

Simeon exhibits no. 487 'The Child Jeramiah', Abraham exhibits no. 471 The Lost Found “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing:…”—Psalm xxxii and Rebecca exhibits no. 432 Fugitive Royalists "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

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