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date: 12 December 2019

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The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678; 1684) has been illustrated in many different forms and media, from its early days on the book market up until today. For over the last three centuries, John Bunyan’s allegory has inspired illustrators in numerous and varied ways, the images born of the text having materialized on book pages as well as on individual sheets, but also on canvas, photographic film, glass panes, and walls. Two-dimensional creations have also led the way to three-dimensional images, exhibited or performed in a variety of places and for a whole range of publics. This chapter contends that these sundry ‘illustrations’, by professional as well as amateur artists, have secured the diffusion and the popularity of the text through its temporal and geographical journeys, and across cultural boundaries.

Keywords: John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress, illustrations, book market, images, media, artists

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