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Like a King Without a Crown

Elizabeth Solomon (nee Harris)

Elizabeth Harris married John Solomon in 1856. He was 48 at the time but she was much younger. As John was a successful businessman they lived in Alberta Road, Darlinghurst, then a fashionable part of Sydney. She had seven children and 22 grandchildren.
It is clear that they were amongst Sydney’s wealthy elite as only rich people could afford to have their portraits painted. In Elizabeth’s case the painting was done by Richard Noble; a very popular portrait artist of the period who also painted John Solomon’s portrait.

An 1862 portrait in oils of Elizabeth Solomon by Richard Noble, one of the many professional portrait painters working in the mid-19th century in New South Wales.  John Solomon commissioned the pair of portraits of husband and wife to demonstrate his success.
An 1862 portrait in oils of Elizabeth Solomon by Richard Noble, one of the many professional portrait painters working in the mid-19th century in New South Wales. John Solomon commissioned the pair of portraits of husband and wife to demonstrate his success.

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