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Part I. Scene 4. Slough of Despond, (painting)

Artist:
Kyle & May
Medium:
Panorama
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1848
1848-1852
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. NOT NUMBERED
"So I saw in my dream, that the man began to run. Now he had not run far from his own door, when his wife and children perceiving it, began to cry after him to return; but the man put his fingers in his ears, and ran on, crying, 'life. Life. Eternal life.' So he looked not behind him, but fled towards the middle of the plain. " The neighbors also came out to see him run: and as he ran, some mocked, and others threatened, and some cried after him to return, and among those that did so, there were two that were resolved to fetch him back by force. The name of the one was obstinate, and the other pliable. * * * * * Well, neighbor obstiante, said pliable, I begin to come to a point; I intend to go along with this good man, and to cast in my lot with him. * * * * * Now I saw in my dream, that just as they had ended this talk, they drew night to a very miry slough, this is called the slough of despond. " Then said pliable, ah, neighbor Christian, where are you now. " Truly, said christian, I do not know. " At that pliable began to be offended, and angrily said to his fellow, is this the happiness you have told me of all this while. If we have such ill speed at our first setting out, what may we expect between this and our journey's end. May I get out again with my life, you shall possess the brave country alone for me. And with that he gave a desperate struggle or two, and got out of the mire on that side of the slough which was next to his own house, so away he was, and Christian saw him no more. " Wherefore Christian was left to tumble in the slough of despond alone. But I beheld in my dream that a man came to him, whose name was help. * * Then said he, give me thy hand, and he drew him out and set him on sound ground, and bid him go his way." [P. 6-7.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Bunyan Tableaux. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 82 State Street, 1867.
Artist address: New York, New York.
Topic:
Literature--Bunyan--Pilgrim's Progress
State of Being--Phenomenon--Dream
Religion--Christianity
Allegory--Passion--Grief
Figure(s) In Exterior
Allegory--Religion
Control number:
AECI 03250004
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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