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Part I. Scene 5. Legality Hill, (painting)

Artist:
Kyle & May
Medium:
Panorama
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1848
1848-1852
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. NOT NUMBERED
"Now as Christian was walking solitarily by himself, he espied one afar off come crossing over the field to meet him; and their hap was to meet just as they were crossing the way of each other. The gentleman's name that met him was Mr. Worldly Wiseman: He dwelt in the town of carnal policy, a very great town, and also hard by from whence christian came. This man then, meeting with Christian, and having some inkling of him (for Christian's setting forth from the city of destruction was much noised abroad, not only in the town where he dwelt, but also it began to be the town talk in some other places) - Mr. Worldly Wiseman, therefore, having some guess of him by behold- ing his laborious going, by observing his sighs and groans, and the like, began thus to enter into some talk with christian. * * * * * Now was Christian somewhat at a stand; but presently he concluded, if this be true, which this gentleman hath said, my wisest course is to take his advice; and with that he thus further spake. Chr. Sir, which is my way to this honest man's house. World. Do you see yonder hill. Chr. Yes, very well. World. By that hill you must go, and the first house you come at is his. " So Christian turned out of his way to go to Mr. Legality's house for help; but, behold, when he was got now hard by the hill, it seemed so high, and also that side of it that was next the way-side did hang so much over, that Christian was afraid to venture further, lest the hill should fall on his head; where- fore, there he stood still, and wist not what to do. Also his burden now seemed heavier to him than while he was in his way. There came also flashes of fire out of the hill, that made Christian afraid that he should be burnt; here therefore he did sweat, and quake for fear. And now he began to be sorry that he had taken Mr. Worldly Wiseman's counsel; and with that he saw the evangelist coming to meet him, at the sight also of whom he began to blush for shame. So evangelist drew nearer; and coming up to him, he looked upon him with a severe and dreadful countenance, and began to reason with Christian. " Then Christian fell down at his feet as dead, crying, woe is me, for I am undone. At the sight of which evangelist caught him by the right hand, saying 'all manner of sin and blasphemies shall be forgiven unto men.' 'Be not faithless, but believing.' Then did Christian again a little revive, and stood up trembling as at first, before evangelist." [P. 7-8.]
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--Quality--Prudence
Figure(s) In Exterior
State of Being--Emotion--Fear
Control number:
AECI 03250005
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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