Peaceable Kingdom

A couple of months ago, rx I commissioned a Peaceable Kingdom painting from my friend and artist, cialis Carole O’Neill. Yesterday, while antiquing in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania, and while I was in the area I stopped by her house to pick up the painting. I think it’s just beautiful, don’t you? Many of Carole’s painting are sold in a gallery in Chester County, Pennsylvania. I am excited to offer one in my, American Artisan store this weekend.

Peaceable Kingdom paintings were originally done by the artist Edward Hicks. This is his first painting done in 1826.

Edward Hicks was born in his grandfather’s mansion in Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on April 4, 1780. His father was a Loyalist, who was left without any money after  the British defeat in the Revolutionary War. His mother died when he was 18 months old. A close friend of his mother raised him as her own. She taught him the Quaker beliefs. At age 13, in 1800, he apprenticed as a coach painter, but soon became unhappy with his life, and gave it up. It wasn’t soon after that he began attending Quaker meetings.

In 1812 he became a minister, and by 1813 he began traveling throughout Philadelphia as a Quaker preacher. In order to meet his expenses for traveling, Hicks began to expand his trade by painting household objects, farm equipment and even Tavern signs.

Ornamental painting was upsetting to the Quakers, it contradicted the plain customs that they respected. By this time he had married, his wife expecting their 5th child, so he gave it up and tried his hand at farming. He soon realized that he didn’t have the experience he needed, so he returned to decorative painting for an income.

Hicks’ work was influenced by a specific Quaker belief referred to as the Inner Light. This “Christ in You” concept was derived from the Bible. Hicks depicted humans and animals to represent the Inner Light’s idea of breaking physical barriers, working and living together in peace. Hicks used his paintings as a way to define his central interest, which was the quest for a redeemed soul. Many of his paintings were depictions of Native Americans meeting the settlers of Pennsylvania, with William Penn among them.

In his lifetime, Edward Hicks was better known as a Quaker minister, then a painter. It was not until 1960 that his first major exhibition took place in Williamsburg, Virginia.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Edward Hicks, I know I have. After reading about him, it has given me a whole new appreciation for his charming paintings. I think I am going to have to talk to Carole about another commission, maybe for me this time.



32 Responses to “Peaceable Kingdom”

  1. Rebecca Says:

    What a beautiful painting! I would hang it in a very special spot that I could view it several times a day!

  2. carolemurals Says:

    I agree, Rebecca, it is a beautiful painting and will be for sale on my website.
    Thank you for your comment.

  3. Joy Says:

    I love this, Carole! Peaceable Kingdom is one of my favorite themes and I love anything Edward Hicks! Once again, your blog speaks right to my heart.

  4. carolemurals Says:

    Hi Joy. Did you know that Hicks painted 69 different Peaceable Kingdom paintings?
    I love them to, and I love Carole’s too!
    Great to hear from you!

  5. Joy Says:

    Hi Carole ~ I actually did know that! :) I picked up a wonderful book on Edward Hicks a few years ago while visiting Colonial Williamsburg.
    I have to say that Carole’s Peaceable Kingdom is amazing!

  6. Jenny Says:

    It’s a beautiful painting. I’m familiar with a little bit of the ‘peacable kingdom’ because they’re popular primitive rug hooking themes too! Thanks for the history lesson too!

  7. tj Says:

    …Gorgeous painting my friend! ;o)

    …Thank you for the bio on this incredible Artist. I did not know any of this about him, so interesting.

    …Always a joy visiting here. *sigh*

    …Enjoy your weekend!

    …Blessings :o )

  8. carolemurals Says:

    Hey, stranger! Good to hear from you. :)

  9. Barb Says:

    I love History so Thank you so much for the informative lesson. Since I am also an animal lover the beautiful picture was so heartwarming. It is a cold, windy and snowy night in PA. Woodstove is burning, Hot cup of tea and blog reading. A perfect evening. Hope your evening is perfect too.

  10. carolemurals Says:

    Hello Barb. I love history too and I learned a bit about Edward Hicks. I have always loved his paintings and I think Carole did a wonderful job recreating one. Very cold her too, a fire is going and a cup of coffee is in hand. Life is good!

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