Inspired by Bunyan
A.H. Ritchie, Mercy at the Wicket Gate. New York: Nelson & Phillips, 1874.
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Scenes from John Bunyon’s Pilgrim’s Progress first published in 1678 and never since out of print, appear frequently in American prints. Maid Mercy’s tale, which focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of Christian women, is told in the second half of Progress. In this engraving Mercy gestures to the inscription above the gate where she will begin her path to Zion. Although the inscription is partially obliterated, nearly all Americans in 1874 would have known that it read: “Knock and it shall be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).”