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|Collection:||Fine Art Prints and Drawings|
|Date:||1862c - 1862c|
|After a design by:||Simeon Solomon - View biography for Simeon Solomon|
|Engraver:||Dalziel Brothers - View history|
This woodblock was originally engraved for an illustration to be used in the 'Dalziels' Bible Gallery' (pub. 1881). However, it was not included in the original book. It was ultimately published in 1894 when it appeared in 'Art Pictures from the Old Testament' (p. 148). This was a new version of the 'Bible Gallery' with an accompanying text and twenty-seven additional illustrations. The design on this woodblock depicts a scene based on the book of Samuel (1 Sam 16: 23), in which David plays his harp to soothe melancholic Saul. Solomon had already used this subject for the painting 'David playing before Saul' (1859, untraced). Scenes from the life of David appear to have interested him since he was a child (Colin Cruise, Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites, p. 78).
|Acquired through the Executors of J N Hart, c.1965.|
|Production Period:||19th century|
|Medium:||Engraved boxwood block.|