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“Peace” – 1896 Painting by William Strutt – Depicting Isaiah 11:6-7 Lion and the Lamb


The 1896 painting “Peace” by William Strutt shown above depicts the lion and lamb described in the Bible scriptures Isaiah 11:6-7 and Isaiah 65:25. [Source: Wikipedia]

The painting has been an inspiration and reflective focus for the Resources for Life dot com website.

Below is the full text of the scriptures that were the inspiration behind the painting.

The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox. [Isaiah 11:6-7]

The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,”
says the LORD. [Isaiah 65:25]

Various Versions

Because the painting is from 1896, it is presumed that the copyright has expired. For this reason, various versions have become popular with differing levels of colorization. The one below seems to be closest to the original. Other examples are available: One, Two, Three.

About William Strutt

The following is provided by Wikipedia.

“Strutt was born in Teignmouth, Devon, England, and came from a family of artists, his grandfather, Joseph Strutt, was a well-known author and artist, his father, William Thomas Strutt, was a good miniature painter. William Strutt enjoyed a student life in Paris, France, and England, studying figurative and history painting. In response to a near-breakdown and problems with his eyes, Strutt decided to visit Australia, arriving 5 July 1850 on the Culloden, where he then married. In Melbourne, Strutt found employment as an illustrator on the short-lived Illustrated Australian Magazine, published by Thomas Ham, as there was little demand for the figurative and history paintings for which he was trained.” [Source]

Document History

On 27 Jan 2012 at 9:01 PM this document was posted as a supplement to other existing commentary on this website about the “Peace” painting.

On 1 Oct 2020 at 1:00 PM, this page was updated to better comply with the WordPress block editor layout. The post date of the article was updated to correspond with the most recent version. Also, in 2012, a distributor was offering prints for those who were interested. That distributor’s website is no longer active, so this information is provided for reference and archival purposes only: “The present-day distributor for the colorized reprints of this painting is Allastar Publishing (Allastar.com). Their website’s landing page offers some background information about William Strutt. Once inside their site, one finds a welcome message, contact page, and product order page where the painting reprints can be ordered for $20.”

On 3 Dec 2023, this document was updated to use the WordPress Block layout. Headings were made more prominent and additional versions of the image were included.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com