attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621 – 1674)

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) and Carel Fabritius (1622-1654).

Purchased 1945 (No.45.13)