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Ink Drawing - The Death of Sir Galahad while taking a Portion of the Holy Grail administered by Joseph of Arimathea

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1922P19
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1855c - 1859c

Maker Information

Artist:Simeon Solomon - View biography for Simeon Solomon


The subject of this drawing is taken from Sir Thomas Malory's 'Morte d'Arthur'. It depicts Sir Galahad, the greatest of the Arthurian Knights, at the culmination of his Quest for the Grail: he died after experiencing a vision in which he received the sacrament of Holy Communion from St. Joseph of Arimathea. Other Arthurian characters appear in the roundels. The style of the work, with its distinctive, angular figures, is similar to that of drawings produced by Solomon in his mid-teens, so it may be datable to as early as 1855. A more irreverent treatment of Arthurian legend can be seen in Solomon's 'Sir Galipot and the Holy Gruel'.

Presented by Mr. A. E. Anderson, 1922.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pen and ink over pencil on paper.

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Height:188 mm
Width:166 mm

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