Peaceable Kingdom, by Edward Hicks.
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Oil on canvas of several small children, animals, and Penn's treaty in the left background. In this painting a child touches the head of a docile leopard and the animal faces seem collectively less fierce.

Credit: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler 1980.62.15

Many scholars feel that the Peaceable Kingdoms represent the Hicks" feelings and beliefs depicting the conflict between the inward spiritual and religious life and the outward worldly life. Many contend that Hicks" was driven by his need to visualize the lessons he learned from Isaiah's prophecy and the importance to "Quaker quietism, such lessons centered on denying or relinquishing the willful self".

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