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b. 1806 - d. 1881

Solomon Alexander Hart RA (April 1806 – 11 June 1881) was a British painter and engraver.[1] He was the first Jewish member of the Royal Academy in London and was probably the most important Jewish artist working in England in the 19th century.

He was born at Plymouth, the son of Samuel Hart (fl. 1785–1830), a Jewish engraver and teacher of Hebrew. After completing his basic education, he was apprenticed to another local engraver. Later, he became the first Jew to enroll at the Royal Academy. While there, he worked in a variety of styles from genre to historical scenes and practiced several engraving and sketching techniques. He especially excelled in miniatures.

In 1826, he débuted at one of the Academy's exhibitions with a portrait of his father. By 1840, he was successful enough to be accepted as a member of the Academy. The following year, he embarked on a study trip to Italy and spent a great deal of time in Florence. In 1854, he was appointed a Professor at the Academy and RA Librarian from 1864-1881.

Although his early works were largely Jewish-themed, his exposure to Italian art (especially the works of Domenico Ghirlandaio in the Ognissanti) added motifs from church and monastery paintings. He also regularly provided illustrations for periodicals such as The Athenaeum and The Jewish Chronicle.

He never married and, in his later years, gradually lost his eyesight, although he continued to paint as long as possible.

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    • Attributed Solomon Alexander Hart, Pastel on Paper
      Oct. 16, 2022

      Attributed Solomon Alexander Hart, Pastel on Paper

      Est: $15,000 - $18,000

      Cortege of Queen Eleanor to Charing Cross, London. Circa. 1860. Verso inscriptions. pastel on paper laid on board

      1stBid
    • HART, SOLOMON ALEXANDER
      Mar. 08, 2018

      HART, SOLOMON ALEXANDER

      Est: $70,000 - $90,000

      The Proposal of the Jews to Ferdinand and Isabella (in order to secure their residence in Spain). Oil on canvas. Signed and dated by artist lower right. 57 x 74 inches. (143.5 x 187 cm). Later handsome gilt frame. 1870 Alternate title: The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain. The persecution suffered by the Jews of Spain under the reign of Queen Isabella I of Castille culminated, at the instigation of the Inquisition, with the edict of expulsion in 1492. The great rabbinic leader and statesman Don Isaac Abrabanel (seen here in yellow robes and kneeling on the left) was offered exclusion from the edict, but refused any exceptional favor which differentiated himself from the other Jews of Spain. The painting depicts Abrabanel pleading before the Queen for the rescission of the edict by offering 30,000 ducats, an immense sum that would cover the costs of the decade-long Grenada War. Dramatically, enters the Grand Inquisitor, Thomas de Torquemada, holding a crucifix and exclaiming: ‘Judas sold his master for thirty pieces of silver, for how many will you sell this cross?’ Isabella had been hesitating, but this outburst sealed her determination to carry out the expulsion. Plymouth born Solomon Alexander Hart (1806-81) was an artist of the English neo-classical style. He was the first Jew to be granted membership of the Royal Academy, London (later he was appointed the R.A. historian) and certainly the most important Jewish artist working in England in the 19th century. He remained an observant Jew all his life. Hart was particularly celebrated as a painter of historical characters and scenes. This very sizable painting, which has gone unseen for several decades, is a prime example of the artist’s range in regard to historicity and wide field of vision. Two other dramatic, Jewish-themed paintings by Hart can be found in The Tate Gallery, London (Interior of a Polish Synagogue) and The Jewish Museum, New York (The Feast of the Rejoicing of the Law). See Treasures of the Jewish Museum (1986) pp. 150-1. < > Exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1870 and again in 1879. Christie’s London, November 11th, 1966 Lot 110.

      Kestenbaum & Company
    • SOLOMON ALEXANDER HART, R.A. (1806-1881) - The plot
      Mar. 22, 2017

      SOLOMON ALEXANDER HART, R.A. (1806-1881) - The plot

      Est: £3,000 - £5,000

      SOLOMON ALEXANDER HART, R.A. (1806-1881) The plot signed and dated ‘S.A. HART 1855’ (lower left) oil on canvas 15 1/4 x 13 in. (38.7 x 33 cm.)

      Christie's
    • HART, SOLOMON ALEXANDER.
      Apr. 07, 2016

      HART, SOLOMON ALEXANDER.

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      The Plot. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated by the artist lower left. Contemporary frame (some light wear). 15 x 12.5 inches. • Plymouth born Solomon Alexander Hart (1806-81) was a British painter and engraver. He was the first Jewish member of the Royal Academy in London - later becoming the R.A. historian - and the most important Jewish artist working in England in the 19th century. He remained an observant Jew all his life. ?The Plot? is a beautiful interpretation of William Shakespeare?s tragedy Othello, featuring the scene when Iago informs Othello of his wife?s infidelity (Act III, Scene 3). In the background are Desdemona, Cassio and Emilia. A near-identical watercolor by Hart hangs in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (no. 3038-1876). Provenance: Sheppard?s Irish Auction House, Laois, Ireland, October 2015, lot 876. London, 1855.

      Kestenbaum & Company
    • Solomon Alexander Hart, 1806-1881
      Oct. 21, 2015

      Solomon Alexander Hart, 1806-1881

      Est: €800 - €1,200

      Solomon Alexander Hart, 1806-1881 Othello and Iago Shakespearian scene Oil on canvas (un-lined) Signed and dated 1855 Note: A watercolour version of this painting is held in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London Worldwide shipping available: [email protected]

      Sheppards
    • Solomon Alexander Hart, (British, 1806-1881), Portrait of Queen Victoria, after Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1842
      Feb. 13, 2015

      Solomon Alexander Hart, (British, 1806-1881), Portrait of Queen Victoria, after Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1842

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      Solomon Alexander Hart (British, 1806-1881) Portrait of Queen Victoria, after Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1842 oil on canvas signed Solomon Hart and dated (lower left) 31 1/8 x 24 3/4 inches.

      Hindman
    • Painting, Soloman Alexander Hart
      Jan. 18, 2015

      Painting, Soloman Alexander Hart

      Est: $1,000 - $2,000

      Soloman Alexander Hart (British, 1806-1881), "The Plot," 1855, oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left, canvas: 15"h x 12"w, overall (with frame): 22.5"h x 20"w

      Clars Auctions
    • Solomon Alexander Hart, RA (1806-1881) A WOMAN SEA
      Dec. 04, 2014

      Solomon Alexander Hart, RA (1806-1881) A WOMAN SEA

      Est: £50 - £90

      Solomon Alexander Hart, RA (1806-1881) A WOMAN SEATED IN A DOORWAY IN A SUNLIT COURTYARD signed, indistinctly inscribed and dated 1830 sepia wash 24 x 15.5cms; 9 1/2 x 6in. PROVENANCE From the collection of R.P. Spiers, F.S.A.

      Anderson-Garland
    • HART, SOLOMON ALEXANDER.
      Nov. 13, 2014

      HART, SOLOMON ALEXANDER.

      Est: $6,000 - $9,000

      Meditation on the Book of Ecclesiastes. Oil on panel. Signed and dated by the artist lower right. Contemporary frame. 17.5 x 13.5 inches.• A Fine example of British Portraiture of a Jew, executed by a Jewish artist. Provenance: Christie's London, July 3rd, 1996, lot 192.Plymouth born Solomon Alexander Hart (1806-81) was a British painter and engraver. He was the first Jewish member of the Royal Academy in London and was probably the most important Jewish artist working in England in the 19th century. He remained an observant Jew all his life.1864.

      Kestenbaum & Company
    • SOLOMON ALEXANDER HART (BRITISH 1806-1881), OIL
      Jan. 05, 2014

      SOLOMON ALEXANDER HART (BRITISH 1806-1881), OIL

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      SOLOMON ALEXANDER HART (BRITISH 1806-1881), OIL ON CANVAS, THE AWAKENING, SIGNED 1863. 30 1/2 X 37"; FRAMED 42 X 48"

      William J Jenack Auctioneers
    • SOLOMON ALEXANDER HART (BRITISH 1806-1881), OIL
      Oct. 06, 2013

      SOLOMON ALEXANDER HART (BRITISH 1806-1881), OIL

      Est: $5,000 - $8,000

      SOLOMON ALEXANDER HART (BRITISH 1806-1881), OIL ON CANVAS, THE AWAKENING, SIGNED 1863. 30 1/2 X 37"; FRAMED 42 X 48"

      William J Jenack Auctioneers
    • Solomon Alexander Hart 1806- 1881 Church in Siena
      Jan. 29, 2011

      Solomon Alexander Hart 1806- 1881 Church in Siena

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Solomon Alexander Hart 1806- 1881 Church in Siena Watercolor and gouache on paper 1842 Signed and dated 41X28 cm.

      Tiroche Auction House
    • Solomon Alexander Hart 1806 - 1881 Figures at the Synagogue
      Jan. 30, 2010

      Solomon Alexander Hart 1806 - 1881 Figures at the Synagogue

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      Solomon Alexander Hart 1806 - 1881 Figures at the Synagogue Watercolor on paper 1838Signed and dated. 57X40 cm.

      Tiroche Auction House
    • ATTRIBUTED TO SOLOMAN ALEXANDER HART
      Dec. 07, 2008

      ATTRIBUTED TO SOLOMAN ALEXANDER HART

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      ATTRIBUTED TO SOLOMAN ALEXANDER HART (british 1806-1881) TWO STUDIES OF A FIGURE WITH A RED HAT Oil on panel 12 x 14 in. (30.5 x 35.6cm) provenance: Christie, Manson & Woods, London, United Kingdom, June 7, 1973, lot 297. Acquired at the above sale by the present owner. From the collection of Philip Rieff and Alison Douglas Knox, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

      Freeman's
    • Solomon Alexander Hart, R.A. (1806-1881)
      May. 27, 2004

      Solomon Alexander Hart, R.A. (1806-1881)

      Est: £2,000 - £3,000

      Hop pickers at Burswood, Kent signed 'S.A./HART/1852' (lower left, on the sack) oil on canvas 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm.)

      Christie's
    • Solomon Alexander Hart, R.A. (1806-1881)
      Mar. 04, 2004

      Solomon Alexander Hart, R.A. (1806-1881)

      Est: £4,000 - £6,000

      Hop pickers at Burswood, Kent signed 'S.A./HART/1852' (lower left, on the sack) oil on canvas 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm.)

      Christie's
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