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The broad and narrow way

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  • Title (object)

    • The broad and narrow way
  • Description

    Moralising popular print of the choice between worldly pleasure and virtuous living presented as a panorama with figures; English edition of an 1866 Dutch issue. 1883 Colour lithograph

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1883
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 470 millimetres
    • Width: 372 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, production detail and historical note (see Curatorial Comment).
  • Curator's comments

    The historical note published beneath the image reads: "This picture is of German origin. It was designed by Mrs Charlotte Reihlen, of Stuttgart in 1862; and, at her request, was painted br Herr Schacher, a young artist, also of Stuttgart. A Dutch edition was produced in Holland in 1866. One of these Dutch copies was brought from Amsterdam in 1868 by Mr Gawin Kirkham, from an enlarged copy of which he has lectured nearly a thousand times. This English edition was issued in 1883. The "History and Explanation of the Picture", with Portraits of Mrs Reihlen and Mr Kirkham, may also be had of the publishers, one penny each'. See J. M. Massing, 'The Broad and Narrow Way: from German Pietists to English open-air preachers', Print Quarterly, V, 1988, 00. 258-67.


  • Location

    British XIXc Mounted Imp

  • Exhibition history

    1999/2000 Dec-Apr, London, BM, 'The Apocalypse', no.14

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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