George Frederic Watts Jonah 1894

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Artist
Title
Jonah
Date 1894
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1555 x 914 mm
frame: 1875 x 1230 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1897
Reference
N01636
Not on display

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In this dramatic image Watts presents the gaunt Old Testament prophet Jonah warning the Ninevites to repent of their behaviour. The sins he denounces are shown in three parallel friezes, based on sculptures from the walls of Nebuchadnezzar’s palace: gambling, drunkenness, and greed – indicated by a group of figures crawling up to the money bags scattered on the floor.

September 2004

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