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Chalk Drawing - Hymen with a Flaming Torch

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1908P312
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1880c - 1890c

Maker Information

Artist:Simeon Solomon - View biography for Simeon Solomon


Hymen, in Greek mythology, was worshipped as the god of marriage. Here this 'Love' subject appears to combine elements of both sexes. Colin Cruise in correspondence describes the relationship with Solomon's treatment of Love' subject matter as in 'Love in Autumn'.(1866). 'There are strong similarities in their depiction in poetry and art as beautiful youths. Hymen is particularly androgynous, however, and Solomon's exaggeration of the belly and hips, as well as his adaption of the contrapposto pose, stress the 'feminity' of the god's beauty'.

Presented by Cecil F. Crofton, 1908.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:White and black chalk on brown paper.


Height:535 mm
Width:290 mm