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



William Strutt

England, Australia

03 Jul 1825 – 03 Jan 1915

  • Details

    Other Title
    Dead lion
    Media category
    Materials used
    pencil, watercolour on ochre tracing paper
    14.1 x 22.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1978
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    William Strutt

    Works in the collection


  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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