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Catalog Number PA.129
Title John Bunyan
Artist unknown
Date 1671
Description John Bunyan (1628-1688) was an English author and preacher, best known for his work The Pilgrim’s Progress. This is one of the oldest paintings in the Redwood Library collection.

Portrait. Adult Male Subject. Mid-waist length view. He is turned 3/4ths to his left, while gazing at the viewer. He has brown hair and eyes, and is wearing a white clerical collar with a black robe. The background is a greenish black.
Object Name Painting
Medium Oil Paint
Material Canvas
Dimensions H-73.6 W-59.9 cm
Credit line Bequest of Mary Appleton
Provenance 1934 - Bequest of Mary Appleton
Additional Inscriptions and Marks on stretcher, carved: F. Leedham Liner (a picture liner by trade)
Inscription Location on reverse of canvas
Inscriptions and Marks John Bunyan 1628-1688 Painted 1671
Collection Painting
People Appleton, Mary
Bunyan, John, 1628-1688
Notes Formerly #32. For a discussion of portraits of Bunyan see "John Bunyan, his Life and Times" by Brown (398). The earliest mentioned portrait is dated 1679. Experts at the National Portrait Gallery think this portrait was done posthumously from a drawing by Robert White per correspondence of Mrs. Charles Pepys, 4 December 1982.
Related Publications Annual Reports 1934-35 (25), 1937-38 (17), and 1981-82 (5); ACC Bunyan; Minutes 8 March 1938 ; 1981 Annual Report 1981-82 (5)