Hicks was a Quaker minister obsessed with sin who turned to painting to earn his livelihood. He painted nearly 25 versions on the subject of Penn's treaty with the Indians. Through the device of the child playing unharmed with wild animals, he is suggesting that white and red men can coexist in harmony and plenty.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Hicks, Edward
Artist Dates: 1780-1849
Country/Culture: United States
Period: 19th century
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 83x105 cm
Style: American Primitive
Museum: Philadelphia Museum of Art
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