Miriam Watching the Finding of Moses in the Bulrushes

Simeon Solomon British

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As the youngest child in a Jewish family that produced three artists, Solomon began to draw at an early age and was encouraged by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Favoring Old Testament subjects, he sketched this composition one year after exhibiting his first oil at the Royal Academy. The story of the infant Moses is told from an unusual perspective, with the focus placed on his teenage sister Miriam. Hidden behind rushes, she watches an Egyptian princess who gestures as she notices the basket containing the baby. We cannot see him, and Miriam’s tense posture leaves the story’s outcome unresolved.

Miriam Watching the Finding of Moses in the Bulrushes, Simeon Solomon (British, London 1840–1905 London), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over graphite

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