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The Awakening of Christian

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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In about 1870 Whaite acquired a cottage near Conwy where he lived for the rest of his life. He was one of a number of artists in the area who formed the Royal Cambrian Academy in 1882, and became its first President in 1885. He showed this painting and its pendant, ‘The Shepherd's Dream’, in the Cambrian Academy's Cardiff Exhibition in 1885. These were cut down and reworked from his rejected Royal Academy picture of 1865, ‘The Penitent's Vision’. An illustration of ‘The Pilgrim's Progress’, it depicts Christ freeing Christian from the net cast by the false prophet.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 101.7 x W 65.6 cm

Accession number

NMW A 19778

Acquisition method

purchased from a private collection, 2001

Work type


Inscription description

H Clarence Whaite 1883


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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

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