Expulsion of Adam & Eve by James S. Baillie

Expulsion of Adam & Eve by James S. Baillie

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This colored print depicts Adam and Eve, downcast beside a small lake. A distraught Eve is naked and kneeling on the ground. Adam is standing and fashioning a covering of branches to hide his nakedness and shame. A sylvan setting of trees and gentle hills forms the background.
The Expulsion represents the passage from the book of Genesis (3:22-24) after the Fall. That is, after Adam and Eve have eaten of the fruit which God has forbidden them to eat, they are cast out of the Garden of Eden and into the world where they are forced to labor and suffer the consequences of their sin. This scene encapsulates the central tenet of Christianity: only by repenting and following the teachings of Christ, can mankind obtain salvation.
This print was produced by James S. Baillie, who was active in New York from 1838 to 1855. James Baillie started as a framer in 1838, and then became an artist and lithographer in 1843 or 1844. He discovered how to color lithographs while working as an independent contractor for Currier & Ives in the mid 1840s. He was a prolific lithographer and colorist for Currier & Ives, and his prints were extremely popular with a wide distribution. James Baillie spent his later years concentrating on painting instead of lithography.
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Date made
ca 1846
Baillie, James S.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 8 in x 12 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 31.75 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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