Studies for "Saul Reproved by Samuel for Not Obeying the Commandments of the Lord"
John Singleton Copley regularly made preparatory drawings for his complex, multifigural paintings in the Grand Manner. This double-sided sheet of figure studies provides a fascinating glimpse into Copley’s creative process as he experimented with poses and costumes for a biblical narrative depicting a dramatic encounter between the prophet Samuel and King Saul (see illustration). The two highly finished sketches of Samuel’s voluminous drapery are particularly finely modeled with deft strokes of black chalk and highlights of white.
- Artist: John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815
- Medium: Black crayon and white chalk on blue, medium-weight, slightly textured laid paper
- Dates: 1797-1798
- Dimensions: Sheet (sight): 12 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (31.1 x 36.2 cm) Frame: 18 1/4 x 20 in. (46.4 x 50.8 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: Inscribed in graphite, lower right of verso: "Copley" [Unsure if artist's hand or not]
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1990.126.1a-b
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: John Singleton Copley (American, 1738-1815). Studies for "Saul Reproved by Samuel for Not Obeying the Commandments of the Lord," 1797-1798. Black crayon and white chalk on blue, medium-weight, slightly textured laid paper, Sheet (sight): 12 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (31.1 x 36.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 1990.126.1a-b
- Catalogue Description: Double-sided drawing. Recto has figure studies - Samuel whirling around in response to the hand of Saul pulling on his garment; verso has other figure studies.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)