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Rebecca Solomon

Rebecca Solomon (26 September 1832 in Bishopsgate, London, England – 20 November 1886) was an English painter.


Rebecca was one of eight children born into an artistically-inclined Jewish merchant family. Her father was Michael (Meyer) Solomon and mother Catherine (Kate) Levy. Rebecca was a sister to her more famous painter brothers Simeon Solomon (1840–1905) and Abraham Solomon (1824–1862).

Initially Rebecca was taught by her older brother Abraham and then took lessons at the Spitalfields School of Design. She exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art between 1852 and 1868, and also at the Dudley Gallery and Gambart's French Gallery.[1]

Rebecca worked in the studio of John Everett Millais and the best known example of her work is a version of Millais's Christ in the House of his Parents. As a genre painter, she painted works that often reflected gender and social class differences.[2]

In 1886, Rebecca died aged 54, from injuries sustained after being run over by a hansom cab on the Euston Road in London.

Her paintings include: Behind the curtain, Exhibited at Royal Academy of Arts, London 1858 (no.1094) The Arrest of a Deserter, Exhibited at Royal Academy of Arts, London 1861 (no. 581), now at the Israel Museum, Jerusalrm, Wounded Dove, Exhibited at the Dudley Gallery, London 1866 (no. 242)



  • Marsh, Jan and Pamela Gerrish Nunn. Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1999.
  • Ferrari, Roberto C. “Rebecca Solomon, Pre-Raphaelite Sister.” The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society, 12:2 (Summer 2004): 23-36.

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  • Rebecca Solomon's work included on the Pre-Raphaelite art sisters page at Pittsburg State University, Kansas - four images shown

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