(England, Australia 03 Jul 1825–03 Jan 1915)
David's first victory
- 19th c Australian art
- Further information
William Strutt was one of the first artists in Australia to produce large-scale history paintings. He also painted religious subjects, exhibiting these works regularly at the Royal Academy after his return to England.
A fine example of the latter, 'David’s first victory' portrays the biblical hero triumphant over the dead lion and bear, while bleating sheep and goats express their gratitude. Composed according to academic conventions, David stands at the apex of a triangle, its base formed by the lion’s body. Various studies were made for this painting, including a sketch of a lion and a bear made at the London Zoo in 1868.
The painting’s conservation and new frame were generously supported by Hyperion Asset Management 2010–11.
- Place of origin
- oil on canvas
- 203.5 x 111.7cm stretcher; 246.2 x 154.0 x 7.0cm frame
SUPPORT; x x; stretcher dimensions
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.l., "W. Strutt 1868".
- Purchased 1974
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