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The Distress of Herod by George Tinworth. Source: Monkhouse, “Stories in Terra-Cotta.” Monkhouse points out: “Although the distress of Herod at the request of Salome is often marked by the old artists, his "exceeding" sorrow has never, as far as I know, been shown so strongly as in our second panel. Notwithstanding the presence of his guests, the Tetrarch buries his head between his arms and grasps the table-cloth convulsively. This work shows how inadequate sculp- ture in small is to represent slight distinctions of expression. No amount of labour could give much distinctness of character to bearded heads of this size, The shades in the hollows of mouth, eyes, and nostrils reduce them to masks” (343).

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Bibliography

Monkhouse, Cosmo. “Stories in Terra-Cotta.” Magazine of Art. 6 (1883): 340-44. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of Toronto Library. Web. 5 September 2013.


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