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Book - A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2005.3489.96
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1871 - 1871

Maker Information

Author:Simeon Solomon - View biography for Simeon Solomon


Solomon published 'A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep' in 1871. Privately printed then published under the imprint of Rossetti's publishers F.S. Ellis. Although illustrated only by one image photographed by Frederick Hollyer, the book had ambitions to be both literary and pictorial.

The text tells of the journey of a narrator and his soul through a nocturnal landscape where they experience visions of various states and conditions of love until they meet the figure of Sacramentum Amoris bearing the 'Very Love' in a crystal vessel. Many of the literary images appear in pictorial form in paintings and drawings of the 1870s and supplied Solomon with subjects for the rest of his life as an artist.

Although on its appearance the book had two influential reviewers, Algernon Charles Swinburne and John Addington Symonds, its initial impact was small. It is now seen as an important document in activating modern debates around homosexuality.

Presented by Lionel Lambourne, 2005.

Further Information

Medium:Paper. Bound in blue fabric with gold-blocked decoration.

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Height:30 cm
Width:20 cm