Study of David for 'David's first victory'
03 Jul 1825 - 03 Jan 1915
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'.
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
Study for 'David's first victory'
pencil, squared for enlarging, on two joined sheets
73.6 x 45.2 cm sheet (overall)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
William Strutt (1981):
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 1981–1981
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 1981–1981
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 1981–1981
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Feb 1981–Mar 1981
Dreams and realities: Victorian works on paper, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Aug 1993–24 Oct 1993
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 3 publications
Dreams and realities: Victorian works on paper, Sydney, 1993, 11. titled 'The boy David'
Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 9, 52, 53 (colour illus.).
William Strutt, Australia, 1980, 48 (illus.). cat.no. 48