Painted "Sabbath School" Banner, Gloucester, England, early 19th century, oil on canvas depicting a two-story brick schoolhouse surrounded by a white picket fence with pupils in front, against a grassy landscape in a scroll frame reading: "SABBATH SCHOOLS FIRST INSTITUTED BY/ROBERT RAIKES at GLOUCESTER 1782.," ht. 23 1/4, wd. 35 in.
Provenance: Hillary Underwood, Woodstock, Vermont; Patricia Stauble Antiques, Wiscasset, Maine, October 14, 1984.
Note: Robert Raikes is the founder of the Sunday Schools movement in England. He was born in Gloucester, England, in 1736 and started his first school for the children of chimney sweeps in 1780.
The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art
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