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Seascape with Jonah and the Whale

c. 1653-4

RCIN 405355

This landscape, believed to be a collaboration between Nicolas Poussin and his brother-in-law, Gaspard Dughet, shows the moment when Jonah is thrown overboard and swallowed by a whale. The Georgians collected such landscapes of terror as eagerly as those of delight; the ‘Sublime’ was their word for things to be enjoyed in art but avoided in life. Acquired by Frederick, Prince of Wales, who also commissioned the frame Cat. 133

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