Christian and Hopeful crossing the Waters of Death
Illustrated by Frank C Papé
This extraordinarily powerful illustration from Frank C Papé was the basis of one of the colour plates appearing
in the 1910 Edition of Paul Bunyan's classic, The Pilgrim's Progress.
The Pilgrim's Progress is a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan (it was first published in 1678). The tale's
central protagonist is, fittingly, named Christian, and Bunyan takes the read on Christian journey from his home,
styled the "City of Destruction" (representing earthly existence) to the "Celestial City" (representing Heaven) atop
This image is associated with the following text from The Pilgrim's Progress:
Hopeful, therefore, here had much ado to keep his brother's head above water; yea,
sometimes he would be quite gone down, and then, ere a while, he would rise up again
half dead. Hopeful also would endeavour to comfort him saying, "Brother, I see the gate,
and men standing by to receive us"; but Christian could answer, "It is you, it is you they wait
for; you have been hopeful ever since I knew you". "And so have you," said he to Christian.
"Ah, brother," said he, "surely, if I was right, he would now arise to help me; but, for my
sins, he hath brought me into the snare, and hath left me". Then said Hopeful, "My brother,
you have quite forgot the text where it is said of the wicked, 'There are no bands in their
death, but their strength is firm; they are no troubled as other men, neither are they plagued
like other men'". These troubles and distresses that you go through in these waters, are no
sign that God hath forsaken you; but are sent to try you, whether you will call to mind that
which heretofore you have received of his goodness, and live upon him in distresses".
Then I saw in my dream, that Christian was in a muse a while. To whom all Hopeful added
these words, "Be of good cheer, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole". And, with that, Christian
brake ou with a loud voice, "Oh, I see him again; and he tells me, 'When thou passest
through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow
thee'". Then they both took courage; and the enemy was, after that, as still as stone, until
they were gone over. Christian, therefore, presently found ground to stand upon; and so it
followed that the rest of the river was but shallow. Thus they got over.
Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
Code: FCP CHCWD SGC
Detail (for reference)
Fine Art Poster (12x18'')
Code: FCP CHCWD 12x18
Fine Art Poster (20x30'')
Code: FCP CHCWD 20x30
Our Greeting Cards
When presented on Greeting Cards, this image is prepared as a tipped-on plate - in hommage to the hand-crafted
approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is
hand-finished, with the image presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. On the rear of each
card we also present some information about Frank C Papé and this wonderful illustration. We have left the interior
of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.
Our Fine Art Posters
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enjoyment. In addition, our reproductions are accompanied by explanatory material relating to Frank C Papé and
this wonderful illustration.
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