Christian passes through the Valley
of the Shadow of Death
Illustrated by Frank C Papé
This extraordinarily powerful illustration from Frank C
Papé was the basis of one of the colour plates
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 Mt Zion.
This particular image is associated with the following text from The Pilgrim's Progress:
Then was he glad, and that for these reasons.
First, because he gathered from thence, that some who feared God were in this valley
as well as himself.
Secondly, for that he perceived God was with them, though in the dark and dismal state.
"And why not," thought he, "with me? Though, by reason of the impediment that attends
this place, I cannot perceive it."
Thirdly, for that he hoped (could he overtaken them) to have company by-and-bay. So
he went on, and called to him that was before; but he knew not what to answer, for that
he also though himself to be alone. And by-and-by the day broke: then said Christian,
"He hath turned the shadow of death into the morning."
Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
Code: FCP CPVSD
Detail (for reference)
Fine Art Poster (12x18'')
Code: FCP CPVSD 12x18
Fine Art Poster (20x30'')
Code: FCP CPVSD 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
Each of our Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality materials and processes to ensure many years of
enjoyment. In addition, our reproductions are accompanied by explanatory material relating to Frank C Papé and
this wonderful illustration.
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