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This is one of several versions by Solomon of a scene from the Old Testament Book of Ruth, showing Ruth with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and son, Obed, David's grandfather:'The child will be a comfort to you and the prop of your old age, for he has been born to the daughter -in-law who loves you and is more to you than seven sons." And Naomi, taking the child, held him to her breast; and she it was who looked after him.'The drawing was worked up into a painting (private collection) and also became the basis of the illustration 'Naomi and the Child Obed' published in the Dalziels' Bible Gallery in 1881. The Birmingham collection holds two copies of the book and the woodblock used to print the wood engravings.

This early drawing was made as a design for 'Dalziels' Bible Gallery'. It depicts a subject from the Old Testament Book of Ruth, showing Ruth with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and son, Obed, an ancestor of David:'..."The child will be a comfort to you and the prop of your old age, for he has been born to the daughter -in-law who loves you and is more to you than seven sons." And Naomi, taking the child, held him to her breast; and she it was who looked after him.'

  • Presented by the Trustees of the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 1911.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist Simeon Solomon -

Inscriptions

Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
SS 19 9 60
Monogram bottom right Handwritten 1860-09-19
 

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Pre-Raphelite Women
37 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1985-10-09 - 1986-01-02
37 Stoke-on-Trent Museum and Art Gallery 1986-09-13 - 1986-10-19
 
Sacred Bond: Images of Motherhood
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-18
 
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre Raphaelites
34 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2005-10-01 - 2006-01-15
34 Museum Villa Stuck, Munich 2006-03-09 - 2006-06-18
34 Ben Uri Galley, The London Jewish Museum of Art 2006-09-11 - 2006-11-26
 

Literature

Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Bible, the Book of Ruth
- - Chap. 4, verses 13-17.
 
Dalziels' Bible Gallery: Illustrations from the Old Testament
Dalziel Brothers 1881 George Routledge and Sons, London -
 
Art Pictures from the Old Testament and Our Lord's Parables
Dalziel Brothers 1894 Edwin Dalton, London p. 143.
 
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 400.
 
The Vision of Simeon Solomon
Simon Reynolds 1984 Catalpa Press Ltd., Stroud, Glos pl.19.
 
The Life and Work of Simeon Solomon 1840-1905
Gayle Seymour 1986 University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Michigan fig. 67, p. 290; pp. 61-62.
 
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
Stephen Wildman 1995 Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia fig. 50, p. 185; p. 186.
 
Jewish Stereotype and Christian Prototype: The Pre-Raphaelite and Early Renaissance Sources for Simeon Solomon's Hebrew Pictures
Norman L. Kleeblatt 1995 Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison N.J. and Associated University Presses, London fig. 3, p. 120; pp. 119-120, 128-129.
 
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites
Colin Cruise 2005 Merrell, London and New York pp. 86-87.

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Name Type
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