Local Victoriana: Light of the World

The Light of the world was painted by William Holman Hunt between 1851-1856.

The painting represents the figure of Jesus as the light of the world preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, which in turn represents those who do not know who Christ is and his saving grace.

It also illustrates Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any .an hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me”.

“I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be by Divine command, and not simply as a good Subject.” William Holman Hunt

The local aspect of this is that the image was painted at night in a makeshift hut at Worcester Park Farm in Surrey no more than 5 miles from where I live.

As a Christian myself I have always found this painting quite inspirational both spiritually and symbolically.

The original hangs in a side room off the large chapel at Keble College.


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