The Peaceable Kingdom

Edward Hicks, The Peaceable Kingdom. circa 1834. Oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

The works of painter Edward Hicks (1780–1849) exemplify the American folk style. Hicks was not concerned with realism and his paintings may even look cartoonish to the modern viewer. Consider scale in A Peaceable Kingdom: the ox and lion that dominate the central foreground are far larger than the children and animals that surround them. A former Quaker minister, Hicks’ paintings reflect his religious ideology. The Peaceable Kingdom, drawing on Isa 11:6-8, is one of 61 paintings on this subject. Animals from all levels of the food 

Edward Hicks, The Peacable Kingdom. Oil on canvas, circa 1834. National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Isa 11:6-8

6The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them. ... View more

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