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Faith Hope Charity
Three women at center, center woman holding tall wooden cross with Bible in her right hand. Floral garland surrounds title and women.
Additional signature information: 125 Nassau St. New York, lower right corner (complete signature line in capitals)
Earliest Christian legend states that Saint Sophia, the patron Saint of Wisdom, was a widow with three young daughters named Faith, Hope and Charity. All were tortured for their beliefs and eventually martyred during the reign of Emperor Hadrian.
In early Christian imagery, the three sisters are shown smaller than their mother and all wear halos. In this print created by Currier & Ives, the three girls appear in the center of the image and are surrounded by a floral motif as well as banners bearing their virtuous names. The names of the girls and the activities they represent are the foundations for belief even today.
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