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This is one of the most dramatic and powerful works, painted in the dark and solemn style of Leighton's late career. It was originally designed as one of eight roundels on the theme of the Apocalypse, intended to decorate the spandrels of the dome of St Paul's Cathedral in London. The scheme was initiated by Alfred Stevens but was abandoned when the original design was rejected as 'unsuitable for a Christian church' (quoted in Wilton & Upstone, p.
Oil on canvas
228.6 x 228.6 cm
Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
Millbank, London, Greater London SW1P 4RG EnglandView venue
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