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Princeton University Art Museum Shows Edward Hicks Masterpiece

The Princeton University Art Museum is showing a Edward Hicks masterpiece, ‘Peaceable Kingdom.’

Edward Hicks’s Peaceable Kingdom paintings may be the most widely recognized icons of American folk art. One of the best–a special loan from the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York–is now on view in the Mary Ellen Bowen Gallery through December. Inspired by a Biblical passage foretelling an ideal world, it shows a virtual menagerie of often predatory animals contentedly coexisting.

Edward Hicks (April 4, 1780 – August 23, 1849) was an American folk painter, a distinguished minister of the Society of Friends, and he also became a Quaker icon because of his paintings.

Image: Edward Hicks, American, 1780-1849. Peaceable Kingdom, 1830-35. Oil on canvas, image: 76.5 x 87.6 cm.; frame: 87.6 x 97.9 x 3.4 cm. Collection of Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. Gift of Stephen C. Clark (L.2010.8) Image courtesy Fenimore Art Museum / Richard Walker

Princeton University Art Museum Princeton, NJ 08544 609-258-3788

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