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A Prelude by Bach

Simeon Solomon, 1868
A Prelude by Bach, Simeon Solomon
A Prelude by Bach, zoomed in
65 cmA Prelude by Bach scale comparison43.2 cm
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A Prelude by Bach is a Pre Raphaelite Watercolor and Pencil Painting created by Simeon Solomon in 1868. It lives in a private collection. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Musicians and Malaise. SourceDownload

This watercolor was exhibited at the Dudley Gallery in 1869 under the title A Song, the name A Prelude by Bach was given to it later. Eight young men and women are moved by the song being performed, echoing the words of the Duke at the beginning of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: ‘If music be the food of love, play on'. They wear vaguely eighteenth-century or Regency dress, a motif reinforced by such details as the tapestry on the far wall, the Sheraton-style chair on which one of the listeners sits, and the harpsichord of ebonised wood inlaid with bone or ivory, said to be based on one that had formerly belonged to the Prince Regent at Carlton House.

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