- Museum number
The Painter's Pleasaunce; at centre artist seated before easel and painting a woman who is seated at left, another woman stands at r. c 1862
- Production date
- 1862 (circa)
Height: 119 millimetres
Width: 133 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A larger version of this composition is in the collection of the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester dated 2 December 1861. The British Museum version is a replica, with modifications, of the Manchester work.
A larger version, also in watercolour, is dated 2 December 1861 (Whitworth Gallery, Manchester; Tate Exh., 1984, no. 233, where John Christian refers to the mid-nineteenth-century vogue in France and England for subjects drawn from the lives of Renaissance painters). Between c. 1852 and 1857 Rossetti produced four different compositions of such painters engaged on portraits (S 54, 89, 694, 695), in the last of which a bearded young man is painting a richly dressed young lady seated in a chair. He is clearly meant to be Giorgione, who is probably also the artist in Solomon's drawing, as Christian suggests.
The British Museum version corresponds with the other in all essentials and has the appearance of a small-scale autograph replica, such as the Pre-Raphaelites often made, rather than a preliminary study.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994/5 Sept-Jan, BM, 'Pre-Raphaelite Drawings', no.115
2005/6, Oct-Jan, Birmingham, Museum and Art Gallery, 'Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites', no.50
2006 Mar-Jun, Munich, Museum Villa Stuck, 'Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites'
2006 Jul-Sep, London, Ben Uri Gallery, 'Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by French from Ernest Brown & Phillips (The Leicester Galleries), April, 1932
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