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Like Epstein's Jacob and the Angel and the sculptures opposite these works are carved from alabaster which probably originated in Derbyshire, England. One of the characteristics of alabaster is its translucency. The passage of light through the wing adds an appropriate lightness to Lambert's Swan, while Skeaping's Gazelle seems almost to glow. The softness of the stone facilitated the carving of the details of the gazelle and its accompanying palm tree.

August 2004