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Woodblock - Dalziels' Bible Gallery - And David took an Harp

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2006.1040.60
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1862c - 1862c

Maker Information

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.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Engraved boxwood block.


Height:163 mm
Width:125 mm
Depth:23 mm