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David and Abigail; she is kneeling before him, three women behind her, soldiers behind at l, within an oval cartouche with putti at the corners
Brush and dark grey wash, heightened with white, on light grey prepared paper
- Production date
- 1570-1579 (circa)
Height: 303 millimetres
Width: 410 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Further lit: F. Thöne, Tobias Stimmer 'Handzeichnungen, mit ein Überblick über sein Leben und sein gesamtes Schaffen', Freiburg im Breisgau, 1936, p. 77, cat.no 66; 'Spätrenaissance am Oberrhein: Tobias Stimmer, 1539-1584', exh.cat. Basel Kunstmuseum, 1984, no.251.
Thöne dates this drawing to the late 1570s on the basis of the similarity of the ornamental scroll-work to Stimmer's series of allegories of the arts of 1578. There is a copy dated 1608 of this drawing by Josias Murer, at the V&A Museum, London (Thöne, cat. no.121).
German masterpieces label text, 2007:
'Stimmer was a Swiss artist who lived in Strasbourg during the 1570s, where he is best remembered as the designer of the elaborate astronomical clock in the cathedral. A talented and prolific draughtsman, he worked chiefly as an illustrator of reformation literature. Many of his drawings were made on a dark ground, and he was especially fond of using white with different shades of grey. The ornamental surround framing this Old Testament subject is typical of his drawing style of the 1570s, but the purpose of this drawings is not known. Abigail is seen presenting gifts to King David to protect her husband, Nabal, from attack by David’s supporters. After Nabal’s death from natural causes a few days later, Abigail became one of David’s many wives.'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984 Sep-Dec, Basel, Kunstmuseum, 'Tobias Stimmer'
2003/4 Dec-April, BM, NACF exhibition
2007 Jan-Mar, BM, German Masterpieces (Gallery 90)
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- Acquisition notes
- Acquired for £100 of which half was contributed by C.Gulbenkian and half by the NACF.
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