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The Peaceable Kingdom

Edward Hicks, American, 1780 - 1849

Made in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

32 7/8 x 41 3/4 inches (83.5 x 106 cm) Framed: 34 3/8 x 43 1/2 x 3 inches (87.3 x 110.5 x 7.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Charles C. Willis, 1956

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Edward Hicks supported himself as a sign painter and itinerant preacher, but usually made his easel pictures, including some sixty versions of The Peaceable Kingdom, as gifts for friends and family. This early example includes an orthodox Christian symbol of a child holding a grapevine, representing atonement. Hicks developed his imagery from Bibles used in the United States at the time and from the book of Isaiah, using the peacefulness of animals as a metaphor for the Quaker doctrine of human submission to the Christ Spirit.