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Title

Study of David 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'.

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

Study for 'David's first victory'


Date

(1868)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil, squared for enlarging, on two joined sheets


Dimensions

73.6 x 45.2 cm sheet (overall)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

371.1977


Artist information

William Strutt

Works in the collection

13


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Heather Curnow, William Strutt, Australia, 1980, 48 (illus.). cat.no. 48

Renée Free and Rose Peel, 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.).