The Seed of David

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1856 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: center panel: 16 x 11 1/2 in.; wings: 11 x 5 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1856 (circa)
Exhibition History: Liverpool Academy, 1861, (no.767); R.A., 1883, (no.363); New Gallery, 1897, (no.59); Manchester, 1911, (no.156)


Current Location: Tate Britain
Catalog Number: 3965 (842, 843, 844)
Archival History: Judge Vernon Lushington; Purchased by Tate Gallery in 1924

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The Seed of David
Description: This is the original watercolour design for The Seed of David. The subject of the central portion is the Adoration. The left wing depicts the young David as a shepherd and the right wing represents King David playing the harp.
Copyright: © Tate, London 2004


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 142.
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