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David annointed King by the Prophet Samuel
Pen and ink
Museum number: P342
Soane's 1830 Description mentions this work as hanging in Mrs Soane's Morning Room on the second floor at that date, noting 'The highly finished pen and ink Drawing of David annointed King by the Prophet Samuel, is by John Matthews, Architect. This ingenious and indefatigable Artist, having failed in an attempt to gain the Gold Medal given in the Royal Academy in 1771, for the best Design for a Nobleman's Villa, felt the disappointment so poignantly, that he neglected his studies and Passion for Architecture, became dissolute and sottish, and finally ended his days in a Prison!'.
J. Soane, Description, 1830, pp.24-25
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