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The Peaceable Kingdom

Edward Hicks initially worked as a coach, house, and sign painter, later expanding his trade to include milk buckets, clock faces, and fireboards. In 1812 he became a Quaker minister, and about 1820 he began to make paintings, enlisting his earlier training to produce devotional images. Most of Hick's oil paintings, incorporating images from popular prints, were his interpretations of Isaiah's prophecy of a peaceable kingdom, in which benign animals and trusting infants would coexist in an Edenic setting. In the background of this version (one of about sixty by Hicks), the earthly realization of the prophecy is presented by images from Benjamin West's famous painting of William Penn effecting his treaty with the Indians, set before a view of the Delaware Water Gap.


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