The sombre mood of much of Solomon's work may suggest he was a man of brooding and melancholic temperament. However, reminiscences of those who knew him often recall his ebullient wit and charm: he 'convulsed his friends with laughter by his strange and weird imagination'. In this drawing, he pokes fun at one of the central themes in Pre-Raphaelite art, the Quest for the Holy Grail. Solomon seems to have made many humorous drawings and caricatures like this one, either for his own amusement or to entertain his friends, but they rarely survive.

  • Presented by Mr. A. E. Anderson, 1922.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Simeon Solomon -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Sir Galipot bearing the holy Gruel.
Title below image Handwritten -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Solomon: A Family of Painters: Abraham Solomon (1823-1862), Rebecca Solomon (1832-1886), Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)
43 Geffrye Museum, London 1985-11-08 - 1985-12-31
43 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1986-01-18 - 1986-03-09


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 401.
Abraham Solomon, Painter of Fashion, and Simeon Solomon, Decadent Artist
Lionel Lambourne 1968 The Jewish Historical Society of England, London pl. 26, fig. 13, p. 278; p. 281.
Solomon: A Family of Painters: Abraham Solomon (1823-1862), Rebecca Solomon (1832-1886), Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)
Jeffery Daniels 1985 Inner London Education Authority p. 67.

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