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Abraham Solomon, 1824–1862, British, Second Class—The Parting. "Thus part we rich in sorrow, parting poor.", 1855
Second Class—The Parting. "Thus part we rich in sorrow, parting poor." [1854, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]
- Former Title(s):
Third Class - The Parting
- Oil on panel
- 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Signed and dated in red paint, lower right: "A Solomon. 1855"
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Paintings and Sculpture
- Link to Frame:
- Subject Terms:
- advertisements | baby | bags | benches | bonnet | capote | children | conversation piece | couple | cravat | family | genre subject | hat | headcloth (headgear) | luggage | mother | seamen | separation | son | sorrow | train | transportation | travel | trousers | window | woman
- Not on view
- IIIF Manifest:
This pair of paintings, copies of larger originals, is Abraham Solomon’s earliest attempt at representing scenes from modern life after more than a decade of focusing on historical and literary subjects. Although he used suitable quotations from Shakespeare as subtitles for both pictures, these works reflect the social impact of new mass transit in the Victorian era. The railroad network expanded at a dramatic rate throughout the nineteenth century, becoming accessible to individuals at varying economic levels. Here, an unexpected romance begins in the close quarters of the first-class coach, where a young woman and a naval officer engage in a flirtation mediated by a young woman’s father or guardian. Meanwhile, in the second-class coach, the signs posted inside suggest that the young sailor at the center is about to leave his widowed mother to emigrate and seek a new life in Australia. Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016
Paintings from the Reign of Victoria - The Royal Holloway Collection (Yale Center for British Art, 2009-05-07 - 2009-07-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]
Imaginative Geographies (Yale Center for British Art, 2006-02-01 - 2006-08-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]
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