# 12940

FLINT, W. Russell

Judith

$100.00 AUD

London : The Haymarket Press, 1928. Quarto, papered boards (waterstain to lower edge), dustjacket (a little grubby), top edge gilt, 48 pp., occasional light foxing, four colour plates tipped-in. Limited to 875 copies. 

The Book of Judith is a deuterocanonical book – one which is included in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Old Testament canon, but considered apocryphal by Protestants and not included in the Hebrew Bible. The story is set in the period of the Assyrian conquest of Israel. Judith, a great beauty and fearless person, is the heroine of the Israelites. Managing to win the trust of the Assyrian general Holofernes, she enters his tent one night and decapitates him, returning to her people with his severed head. Judith has been portrayed by many great artists throughout history, including Caravaggio and Gentileschi. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography comments that the mature work of the artist W. Russell Flint reflects an escape into exoticism and a fascination for the beauty of the female form, a reaction to the harrowing experience of his early career, in which he was paid to produce medical illustrations of horrific war wounds and diseases.