Princeton's New Acquisition
The Princeton University Art Museum has acquired a significant work by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Rebecca Solomon. The work, A Young Teacher (1861), shows a domestic scene in which a young girl is teaching her family’s servant how to read. It was most recently seen publicly in the exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Sisters at the National Portrait Gallery in 2019. The model who sat for the servant figure was Fanny Eaton, a young Jamaican-born woman who modeled for a number of significant painters of the period. The painting was bought by the museum in March at Sotheby’s, where it sold for £302,400 (with fees) - or ten times its high estimate.
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