Graphite on paper portrait of Father Damien, by Edward Clifford - This drawing is signed by the British artist Edward Clifford (1844-1907), and is framed, matted, glass faced, and measures 9.75" wide, 12.75" tall, and .5" deep. Below the portrait is written an excerpt from Matthew 25:36, "I was sick and ye visited me,...", and the date "Dec. 20th 1889".
Father Damien, born Jozef De Veuster, was a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium and member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a missionary religious institute. He won recognition for his ministry, which he led from 1873 until his death in 1889, in the Kingdom of Hawaii for people with leprosy, who were required to live under medical quarantine in a settlement on the Kalaupapa Peninsula of Molokaʻi. He also taught the Catholic faith to the people of Hawaii, cared for the patients himself and established leadership within the community to build houses, schools, roads, hospitals, and churches.
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