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An Evil Tree or The Natural Heart.
Printer:Printed by D. W. Kellogg & Co. , American, 1830 - 1840
Publisher:Published by D. W. Kellogg & Co. , American, 1830 - 1840
Lithography; printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 12 15/16 x 10in. (32.9 x 25.4cm) Sheet (height x width): 13 7/8 x 10in. (35.2 x 25.4cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel St. John Morgan
Description: A bare and leafless tree stands in a barren landscape, with a broken tree stump at the left. A label on the roots of the tree reads "Unbelief"; the trunk reads "Pride" and "Self Will". The largest branches are labeled "Lust of the Eye" "Pride of Life" "Lust of the Flesh". Numerous fruits hanging from the otherwise bare branches are labeled "Love / of the / World" "Love / of Plea / sure" "Blindne / s of He- /art" "Love of / Praise" "Love of / Honor" "Lascivio / usness" "Vain / glory" "Selflove" "Evil / Desires" "A / Wanton / Eye" "Fornic / ation" "Indul / gence" "Unclea / nness" Unprofit / able Conv / ersation" "Lightness / of / Spirit" "Discon- / tent" "Mistrust / ing" "Love of / Money" "Envy" "Unmerci / fulness" "Mistrust" "Mistrust- / ing" "Foolish / Jesting" "Resist- / ing the / truth" "Boasting" "High m /indedness" "Idle / ness" "Adult / ry" "Incest" "Reveling" "Drunk / eness" "Gluttnoy [sic]" "Surmis / ing" "Prejudice" "Scoffing / at Religi / on" "Despi / sing Good / Men" "Unthank / fulness" "Theft" "Deceit" "Sabbath / brake- / ing" "Cursing" "Swear / ing" "Despite / fulness" "Judging" "Anger" "Sodomy" "Bestiality" "Hatred" "Strife" "Wrath" "Blasphe / my" "Back / biting" "Deny / ing the / Lord" "Disbelie / ving the / Word" "Extorti / on" "Oppres / sion" "Sacrilege" "Arianism" "Socinia / nism" "Deism" "Dis / obedient / to Parents" "Heresy / scism" "Slander / ing" "Lying" "Murder" "Despair" "Rebell- / ion" "Atheism" "Presum / tion [sic]"j "Antino / mianism" "Witch / craft". Dark clouds at the upper left are labeled "WRATH". A large snake is coiled in the lower branches of the tree. A bird flies off to the right. Flames and smoke issue from the ground at the right. A lake or pond and a hill or mountain are in the background.
Inscription: On recto, lithographed title beneath image, "AN EVIL TREE OR THE NATURAL HEART. / 'A corrupt tree cannot bring good fruit.' / 'Cut it down why encumbreth it the ground.'" On verso, upper left, in red ink, "927". Lower left, in blue pencil, "Print / box 5 / #18". Lower right, in pencil, "Dwr 38" and accession number.
Object Number: 1950.202.167
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