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The Feast of the Rejoicing of the Law at the Synagogue in Leghorn, Italy

Solomon Alexander Hart (British, 1806-1881)

The Feast of the Rejoicing of the Law at the Synagogue in Leghorn, Italy, 1850

  • Oil on canvas
  • 55 5/8 x 68 3/4 in. (141.3 x 174.6 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Gruss, JM 28-55

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Born in Plymouth, England, in 1806, Solomon Alexander Hart studied painting at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1823 to 1826. In 1840, he became the first Jewish member of the Royal Academy. Founded in 1768 by King George III, the Royal Academy is England's oldest institution devoted entirely to the promotion of the visual arts. At any given time, its membership includes up to 80 of the country's most esteemed working artists.