David and Abigail


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The biblical figure of Abigail interceded in a conflict between her husband and King David, thus keeping the peace. Her story had particular resonance for the English during the Civil War period (1642–51) and her name became associated with diplomacy. The unfinished state of this panel reveals the skillful underdrawing of the design, and the silk thread colors are particularly well-preserved.

David and Abigail, Linen embroidered with silk thread, British

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