This oil sketch has recently been attributed to Jan van den Hoecke, a pupil of Rubens in Antwerp. He worked in Rome and then served the Hapsburg court, first in Vienna and later in Brussels.
The sketch shows David welcomed at the city gates of Jerusalem by young women, who celebrate his victory over Goliath with music and dance, and throw roses at his feet. It is one of a series of Old Testament subjects of similar dimensions that includes Moses, Aaron, and Miriam Celebrate the Crossing of the Red Sea (Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe) and David Playing the Harp to Cure Saul’s Melancholy (Szépmüvészeti Múseum, Budapest).
Possibly (Louis-François-Jacques Boileau);
(possibly his sale, Dufresne, Paris, 19 November 1772, no. 2 as Rubens);
purchased by an unidentified buyer for 200.15 livres.
M. Coulouma, Rouen, from 1840;
by inheritance to his son, M. Coulouma.
(Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London) by 1962, as Rubens;
purchased by the Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1966.