Our current exhibition, Still Moments, explores the life and work of artist Estella Solomons (1882-1968), who was part of a prominent Jewish family in Dublin.
Her parents, Rosa Jane Jacobs and Maurice Solomons, were well-known figures in Dublin’s Jewish community with a commitment to philanthropy and the promotion of Jewish education. They helped to establish the new Adelaide Road Synagogue in 1892, with schoolrooms for 200 pupils. Maurice had an optician’s practice at 19 Nassau Street, mentioned in Joyce’s Ulysses, and became Ireland’s Honorary Austro-Hungarian Consul, while Rosa was involved in the Irish Women’s Suffrage and Local Government Association.
Their four children also led very interesting lives - Estella was an artist and member of Cumann na mBan, Sophie was an opera singer, Edwin was president of the Dublin Stock Exchange, and Bethel (who is mentioned in Joyce’s Finnegans Wake) played international rugby for Ireland and was Master of the Rotunda Hospital.
The exhibition is supported by Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023.
- Estella Frances Solomons (1882-1968),Woman with a Red Tie. ©️ The Trustees of the Estate of Estella Solomons. Private Collection
- Photographs of Bethel and Estella Solomons, on loan to the Gallery courtesy of The Board of Trinity College Dublin.