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The Peaceable Kingdom
Accession # 40.340
Artist Edward Hicks
Title The Peaceable Kingdom
Date ca. 1833-1834
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 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)
Signed Unsigned
Credit Line Dick S. Ramsay Fund
Location American Identities: Everyday Life / A Nation Divided

Curatorial Remarks: About 1820 the Quaker minister Edward Hicks began to make paintings, enlisting his earlier training as a painter of coaches, houses, and signs to produce devotional images. Most of Hicks’s works were interpretations of Isaiah’s biblical prophecy of a peaceable kingdom, in which benign animals and trusting infants coexist in an Edenic setting.

This painting is one of about sixty by Hicks depicting the prophecy. In the background, William Penn executes his treaty with the Lenape, representing the earthly realization of a peaceable kingdom. This scene is based on a painting by Benjamin West (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts).