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The Tree of Life

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Tree of Life
  • 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; flanked by hymns; five columns of text below, with roundels representing preacher, crucifixion and man reflecting next to grave. c. 1825
    Hand-coloured woodcut and letterpress


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1825 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 490 millimetres
    • Width: 352 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text below image and publication line: "J. Catnach Printer 2 Monmouth-Court, 7 Dials, London".
  • Curator's comments

    For further information on this popular composition, see 1868,0808.4624.

  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Mounted Imp)

  • Exhibition history

    1999/2000 Dec-Apr, London, BM, 'The Apocalypse', no.11
    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

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: James Catnach, The Tree of Life a broadside, hand-coloured woodcut with letterpress


COMPASS Title: James Catnach, The Tree of Life a broadside, hand-coloured woodcut with letterpress

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