What has remained unknown until now is that this vision of peace was actually derived, in part, from an engraving in the Hicks family Bible that is signed by both Isaac and Edward Hicks. The detail of the Good Samaritan (Luke, x, 1:37)--engraved by C. Tiebout from an etching by James Akin after an oil by William Hogarth--was the source. Akin was better known for his satirical subjects. Isaac Hicks bought the Bible--published in Philadelphia in 1801--on February 23, 1802, and entered the date. The Bible remained in the Hicks family until the 1970s, when the rare pencil sketch of a log cabin in a clearing was found folded inside it. Hicks had eased the print out, pressed it into service, then returned it to its place.
Whether Hicks had drawn a circle around himself or become, for the time being, a pariah, his isolation served posterity in 1846. But he was not ready to be shelved, even if his business suffered. He broke out of his aloofness to drive to Warminster Meeting, by way of Whitemarsh, to see Sarah's sister Susan Worstall Phipps. The call was one of the 'most heavenly occasions.'"
Excerpted from, Alice Ford, Edward Hicks: His Life and Art (New York: Abbeville Press, 1985), p. 210.
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