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Sun, 21 May


Stapley Care Retirement Village

The Rise and Fall of Simeon Solomon

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The Rise and Fall of Simeon Solomon
The Rise and Fall of Simeon Solomon

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21 May 2023, 15:00

Stapley Care Retirement Village, N Mossley Hill Rd, Liverpool L18 8BR, UK

About the event

In 1862, Anglo-Jewish artist Simeon Solomon exhibited his first painting at the prestigious Liverpool Academy. He was 22 years of age and already a rising star in London and on the country’s wider gallery and exhibition circuit. His older siblings Abraham and Rebecca were already regular exhibitors at both the Liverpool Academy and the Liverpool Society of Fine Arts, but Simeon’s success would ultimately eclipse them both, and he would become a leading artist of his day. However, in 1873, a serious arrest and conviction for homosexual crimes brought Simeon’s career crashing down before him, changing his life for ever.

This talk outlines the remarkable rise and fall of this artist, once described by Oscar Wilde as “that strange genius,” and discusses his and his siblings’ links with Liverpool.

Our speaker Carolyn Conroy is a former lecturer and research associate at the University of York. She wrote her PhD thesis on Simeon Solomon and currently co-edits the online Simeon Solomon Archive with Dr Roberto C. Ferrari.


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