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Solomon Alexander Hart RA, Interior of Plymouth Synagogue

Interior of Plymouth Synagogue, August 1830

Solomon Alexander Hart RA (April 1806 - 1881)

RA Collection: Art

Hart meticulously researched period details for the backgrounds of his historicist paintings. This sketch depicts the interior of Plymouth Synagogue which was built between 1761-3 and is one of the oldest in Britain. The artist was the grandson of a Henry Hart from Ansbach who settled in Plymouth around 1755 and became a successful rum merchant. The family were observant Jews and attended Plymouth Synagogue. This sketch of the interior concentrates on the rare, carved wooden Ark which dates from the mid-18th century and was probably imported from Holland.

Solomon Hart made these drawings of Plymouth subjects when he returned to his home town in August 1830. Hart was born in Plymouth but moved to London with his immediate family in 1820. His grandfather, Henry Hart, was from Ansbach in Germany but settled in Plymouth where he became a rum merchant.

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Object details

Title
Interior of Plymouth Synagogue
Artist/designer
Solomon Alexander Hart RA (April 1806 - 1881)
Date
August 1830
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Pencil on cream wove paper
Dimensions

254 mm x 169 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/7332
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Richard Phené Spiers 1916
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