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The Tree of Life, which bear twelve manner of fruits ...

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1935,0522.3.51

  • Title (object)

    • The Tree of Life, which bear twelve manner of fruits ...
  • Description

    Christ crucified on a tree which bears fruits carrying the names of virtues; beyond him is the "New Jerusalem" and in the foreground a contemporary street scene with two preachers (John Wesley and George Whitefield) attempting to direct sinners toward the narrow gate to heaven and away from the broad way that leads to hell. .
    Etching with hand-colouring

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1770-1800
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 353 millimetres
    • Width: 249 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title below, and two lines of text. With publication line 'Printed for Bowles & Carver, Map & Printsellers, no.69 in St Paul's Church Yard, London'.
  • Curator's comments

    This is extracted from Caricatures III p.51, the Bowles & Carver album. The address shows that this edition is 1793 or later, but the style of clothing and the wear on the plate suggest that the first edition belongs to the 1750s. See BMSat VI p.214, where George states that this is an altered version of a print by J.Pace after I.Doleman.
    For further information on this popular composition, see 1868,0808.4624.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 4571 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    'Apocalypse', BM 2000, cat.240.10
    2000 Oct-Dec, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Popular Print in England
    2001 Feb-Apr, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 Apr-Jun, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 Jun-Aug, Bradford, Cartwright Hall, Popular Print in England

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1935

  • Acquisition notes

    From the Bowles and Carver album, 'Caricatures' III p.51

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1935,0522.3.51

Allegory from the Book of Revelations, XXII v.2, with Christ crucified on a tree of fruit, with fashionable people in the foreground taking the broad way to the bottomless pit, and ignoring preachers such as John Wesley and George Whitefield; the New Jeru

Allegory from the Book of Revelations, XXII v.2, with Christ crucified on a tree of fruit, with fashionable people in the foreground taking the broad way to the bottomless pit, and ignoring preachers such as John Wesley and George Whitefield; the New Jeru

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