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Pencil Drawing - The Seed of David - Study for David

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P261
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1859 - 1862

Maker Information

Artist:Dante Gabriel Rossetti - View biography for Dante Gabriel Rossetti


The Seed of David was a large triptych commissioned by Llandaff Cathedral for a reredos (decorative screen). William Morris sat for the character of King David, and this study is a striking early portrait of him, aged 27. His appearance was described by his biographer J. W. Mackail:
'His hair remained through life of extraordinary beauty, very thick, fine and strong ... his general appearance at this time [showed] the massive head, the slightly knitted brow, the narrow eye-slits and heavy underlids, the delicately beautiful mouth and chin only half-veiled by the slight beard.'

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil on paper.

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Height:247 mm
Width:223 mm