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[Anon.]
I wish you would tell me Sir what you do mean By drawing this figure that looks like a chain [opening caption of 1844 American Millerite Adventist Folk Art Spiritual Drawing]
[New England? ca. 1844]. Double-sided Drawing. 12½ x 15⅜ inches. Ink on paper with some gray wash, a small part accomplished in blue ink; text on both sides. Sheet folded vertically in the middle, presenting an intricate, symmetrically arranged and precisely drawn combination of geometric patterns, drawings of chains, and manicules and with numerous handwritten biblical names and references and other writings. Some foxing; sheet closely trimmed at edges with no apparent loss of illustrations or text; very good. Extraordinary, complex American millenarian spiritual folk art drawing embodying the Adventist religious beliefs of William Miller (1782-1849) and his followers and illustrating the claim of a future age to begin on March 22, 1844. The Anonymous artist, probably an adherent of the Adventist preacher William Miller, depicts a symbolical simultaneous vision of past salvation history and the future life. Here there are references to Biblical verses of prophecy and future apocalypse. Here there are sacred numbers such as "44" and references to various Christian churches including the Shakers-an adventist sect formally known as the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing. Here there are drawings of mystical chains-chains linking the past to a future revelation, drawings of the sun and the moon, and drawings of manicules or disembodied hands pointing at key design elements. Millerite theology taught that the Second Coming or Advent of Christ aligned with a Biblical prophecy about the re-building of the Temple in Jerusalem. Aditionally, they belived … [Click Below for Full Description]
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