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George Frederic Watts, Jonah


Tate Gallery, London

Date: 1894
Technique: Oil on canvas, 1555 x 914 mm

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.

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