barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

attributed to Carel Fabritius (1622-1654)

The Parting of David and Jonathan

About 1632/3

Pen and wash

Sheet 206 x 268 mm; mount 630 x 516 mm


The subject which was formerly known as ‘The reconciliation of David and Absalom’, is from I ‘Samuel’, xx: 41-2, and thought to be by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606 – 1669). It is treated in other drawings by the artist, in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, and the Louvre. The present drawing has also been attributed to Ferdinand Bol (1616-80).

Purchased 1945 (No.45.13)

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