Solomon Alexander Hart (1806-1881), Painter
Sitter in 8 portraits
Hart studied at the Royal Academy while supporting himself by colouring theatrical prints and making copies of old masters on ivory. His first success came in 1830 with a painting exhibited at the Society of British Artists. He continued to paint as well as earning a living supplying drawings for wood engravings and contributing illustrations to various publications. He became celebrated as a painter of historical scenes and characters and in 1854 was appointed Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy. He was subsequently the Academy's Librarian until his retirement in 1881.