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Tracing of study of dead lion for 'David's first victory'

(1868)


Artist

William Strutt

England, Australia

03 Jul 1825 - 03 Jan 1915


About

This is a preparatory study for the painting 'David's first victory' 1868, in the Gallery's collection. Its subject is from 1 Samuel 17 in the Bible:

'And David said unto Saul, thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God'.

This tracing was made so that the drawing of the lion could be considered in reverse, which is how the animal appears in the painting.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005


Details


Other Title

Dead lion


Date

(1868)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil, watercolour on ochre tracing paper


Dimensions

14.1 x 22.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1978


Location

Not on display


Accession number

114.1978


Artist information

William Strutt

Works in the collection

13


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Renée Free and Rose Peel, Dreams and realities: Victorian works on paper, Sydney, 1993, 11.

Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 9.