Artist
George Frederic Watts 1817–1904
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

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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