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Pencil and Chalk Drawing - The Singing of Love

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1928P560
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1870 - 1870

Maker Information

Artist:Simeon Solomon - View biography for Simeon Solomon


This drawing was made when Solomon was working on 'A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep', and its imagery is closely linked with the text: all of the figures seen here feature in Solomon's narrative. From left to right they can be identified as Sleep, Memory (shown listening to the sounds in a sea shell), Eternal Silence, Love, Pleasure, Passion and finally, Death who extinguishes a burning torch.

Solomon saw the figures of Pleasure and Passion as counterparts of one another. The former, smiling and 'naked but guileless', was seen by him as a positive figure representing fulfilling, intense though short-lived pleasure 'even as sweet notes heard once but lost for ever.' Her counterpart, Passion, weeping and with her hair transformed into tormenting snakes, represents unfulfilled desire turned to bitter anguish and frustration: 'her wasted beauty preyed upon itself; her face was whitened with pale fires, a hollow image of unappeased desire ... '

Presented by the Alfred Leadbeater Bequest Fund, 1928.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Allegory Androgyny
Medium:Pencil and red chalk on paper.


Height:476 mm
Width:750 mm