Babylon hath been a golden cup

Babylon hath been a golden cup, 1859, Simeon Solomon
28.3 cm26.6 cm

Babylon hath been a golden cup is a Pre Raphaelite Pen, Pencil and Ink Drawing created by Simeon Solomon in 1859. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Androgyny. SourceDownload

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Simeon Solomon contributed illustrations to the ‘Bible Gallery', a hundred-print collection of engravings conceived by the brothers Dalziel in 1859. This drawing depicts the Jewish King David and the maiden, Abishag, looking concerned and androgynous, and illustrates a passage in Jeremiah lamentating the Jewish people’s captivity by the kingdom of Babylon: ‘Babylon hath been a golden cup in the hand of God, which hath made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine, therefore all the nations are mad.’ The drawing was considered too risque for the Bible Gallery, and was exhibited separately at the French Gallery Winter Exhibition in 1859.

Reed Enger, "Babylon hath been a golden cup," in Obelisk Art History, Published March 24, 2018; last modified March 24, 2018,

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