The Plot.

AUCTION 68 | Thursday, April 07th, 2016 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Ceremonial Objects and Graphic Art

Back to Catalogue Download Catalogue

Lot 81

The Plot.

Oil on canvas. Signed and dated by the artist lower left. Contemporary frame (some light wear). 15 x 12.5 inches.

London, 1855:

Est: $5,000 - $7,000
Plymouth born Solomon Alexander Hart (1806-81) was a British painter and engraver. He was the first Jewish member of the Royal Academy in London - later becoming the R.A. historian - and the most important Jewish artist working in England in the 19th century. He remained an observant Jew all his life. ‘The Plot’ is a beautiful interpretation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, featuring the scene when Iago informs Othello of his wife’s infidelity (Act III, Scene 3). In the background are Desdemona, Cassio and Emilia. A near-identical watercolor by Hart hangs in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (no. 3038-1876). Provenance: Sheppard’s Irish Auction House, Laois, Ireland, October 2015, lot 876.