Image description for John Bunyan at Bedford Gaol.

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John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, is shown here in 1670 or so, standing in a stone porch or under a bridge next to a heavy wooden door. he has a manacle around one ankle but is fully dressed as a 1670s preacher, including the hat and a carefully shaped moustache and goatee.

In his right hand John Bunyan has a bunch of laces, staylaces for corsets that he has made and is selling; his left hand is around his blind daughter of maybe ten years of age. In front of them and to our right a woman wearing a white cap is buying one of the laces. buildings seen through the arch of the bridge or stone structure, and a large tree, remind us that this engraving is set in the city of Bedford, in England.

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