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Illuminated text study for "Evening Affirmation," a poem by ... Image 1

Illuminated text study for "Evening Affirmation," a poem by Peter Henniker-Heaton, published in The Christian Science Journal (September 1950)

c. 1950
Black ink on paper with guidelines in graphite and orange pencil
Credit Line
Gift of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 2015
11 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (folded)

Description & Inscriptions

[verso in graphite]: Prayer by / Peter J. Heniker- / Heaton / poet / illmntd. by / V.O.
While working in the British Home Civil Service in London shortly before World War II, Peter Henniker-Heaton was diagnosed with a rare leg paralysis that left him unable to stand or walk. During his tenth year of paralysis, Henniker-Heaton, a Sunday school teacher and part-time poet, read Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and eventually regained use of his legs. He credited his recovery to prayer.


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