The Peaceable Kingdom
On View: Special Exhibition Gallery, 5th Floor
In this Edenic scene inspired by a passage from the Book of Isaiah, Edward Hicks visualized the peaceful coexistence of God’s creatures, depicting animals and children in the right foreground along with a vignette in the background of William Penn’s treaty with the Lenape. Hicks idealized the encounter between British colonists and Indigenous people, creating fictions of harmony. Ultimately, the Lenape were forced out of Pennsylvania owing to fraudulent land deals perpetrated by Penn’s sons.
Oil on canvas
17 7/16 x 23 9/16 in. (44.3 x 59.8 cm)
frame: 23 1/4 x 29 1/4 x 1 3/8 in. (59.1 x 74.3 x 3.5 cm) (show scale)
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
Edward Hicks (American, 1780-1849). The Peaceable Kingdom, ca. 1833-1834. Oil on canvas, 17 7/16 x 23 9/16 in. (44.3 x 59.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 40.340 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 40.340_PS9.jpg)
overall, 40.340_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2020
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