Joseph Parker (1830–1902)

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Parker preached his first sermon on a village green in 1848 and was enrolled as a lay preacher in the Methodist circuit. In 1869 he began his ministry at the oldest Nonconformist church in London, the Poultry Chapel, Cheapside. It was not in a flourishing condition but was soon filled with eager congregations. His success made a new building necessary and the City Temple opened in 1876. Here Parker ministered for the rest of his life. The huge congregations that he attracted in England, Scotland, and the United States testified to a rare ability to make the Christian message relevant to his own generation. He was a prolific author, publishing more than 60 books and numerous articles.

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Joseph Parker (1830–1902)






H 38.1 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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donated by the artist's brother, George von Pirch, 1924

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incised and dated


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