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Solomon Alexander Hart RA, Studies of the interior of Plymouth Synagogue

Studies of the interior of Plymouth Synagogue, August 1830

Solomon Alexander Hart RA (April 1806 - 1881)

RA Collection: Art

These sketches show 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.

At the top of the sheet are two sketches of the carved wooden barriers of the sanctuary area (or bimah) while the drawing below depicts a man looking over the walls of the Plymouth 'Barbican'.

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

Studies of the interior of Plymouth Synagogue
Solomon Alexander Hart RA (April 1806 - 1881)
August 1830
Object type
Pen and ink with pencil on cream wove paper

263 mm x 179 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Bequeathed by Richard Phené Spiers 1916
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