The Breakfast Table

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Solomon’s richly decorated interior of the family bungalow at Birchington, Kent (where his brother-in-law Delissa Joseph, had built him a second studio) depicts his wife, Ella, and youngest daughter, Iris, in the comfortable intimacy of the breakfast room. Iris is denoted only by her hand holding the newspaper and her dangling leg with its fashionable shoe. On the wall behind a selection of paintings by Solomon includes one of his older daughter, Mary, on her horse. A fine painter in the academic style, Solomon was a founder member of the Society of Portrait Painters, the first President of the Maccabeans (later the Jewish Educational Aid Society), and became only the second Jewish Royal Academician in 1906. During the First World War he pioneered camouflage work, sometimes in the thick of the fighting, despite being 54 at the outbreak of hostilities.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum



The Breakfast Table




oil on canvas


H 66.5 x W 48.5 cm

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bequeathed by Mrs Ronald Rubenstein, 2002

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