The painting refers to the passage in Sterne’s novel 'A Sentimental Journey' where the narrator, Parson Yorick, is seeking help with directions from a particularly attractive glove-seller. She is extremely helpful and Yorick finds her so charming and thoughtful that he cannot believe that she can behave with such consideration. Can she be real? Can he believe in her sincerity? Can he have evidence of her beating heart? He must take her pulse to be convinced. Solomon’s painting leads the eye to and fro, restlessly exploring this intimate encounter between a man and a woman.
Exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1852; Sotheby's Belgravia 10th July 1973 miscataloged as 'In the Haberdashers' ; Philips 22nd October 1973 miscataloged as 'The Purchase of a Pair of Gloves'.
20 inches in diameter