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The Peaceable Kingdom

Edward Hicks

American Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1833–1834
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)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 40.340_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2020
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