"When you were David and I was Saul."
Medium: Gouache and pastel on paper mounted on board
Dimensions: sheet: 15 5/8 × 22 1/8 in. (39.7 × 56.2 cm)
Illustration Citation: The Loves of Edwy by Rose Cecil O'Neill (Lothrop Publishing Company, Boston, 1904)
Credit Line: Gift of the Rose O'Neill Foundation, 2018
About: In this scene, the man at the piano has broken the news to his seated friend that he has had an affair with the man's wife. As they contemplate the situation, the aggrieved husband asks his friend to play for him, recalling their childhood custom. The reference is to Biblical characters: the king Saul and David, who played the lyre to calm him.
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