The Peaceable Kingdom shows children
who look like angels in heaven and they are with wild animals. The
idea for the painting comes from the bible where it says that in the Lord’s
Kingdom even wild animals will not eat each other and there will be no fighting
or killing anymore.
In the background of the picture are Pilgrims and Native
Americans. Edward Hicks put them there to remind us of the first Thanksgiving
when they were sharing and not at war. He painted William Penn who
treated the Delaware Indians fairly and made a peace treaty with them.