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King David; seated three-quarter length looking up to left, a harp in his left arm, his right hand on his chest
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk
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Height: 221 millimetres
Width: 211 millimetres
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- Turner and Plazzotta 1991
Another three-quarter-length study for the same composition, drawn in a very similar technique but showing a substantially different interpretation of the figure, who is standing rather than seated, is in the collection of Viscount Coke at Holkham Hall (Popham & Lloyd, 1986, no. 144). Since the Holkham drawing has many more pentiments, it is possible that it may have been drawn first.
No commission for a three-quarter-length King David with his harp is recorded either in Malvasia or in the Account Book. Nonetheless the drawings may perhaps be dated in the mid-1630s, by analogy with such drawings as the 'Sisyphus' in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (Turner and Plazzotta 1991, cat. no. 108), and a drawing of 'St Jerome' in a private collection (Turner and Plazzotta 1991, cat. no. 103), in which liberal passages of wash also appear.
Literature: Popham & Lloyd, Old Master Drawings at Holkham Hall, Chicago, 1986, under no. 144.
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