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Der Breite und der Schmale Weg

This copy is based on the original picture which Charlotte Reihlen commissioned in the 1860s.    Since then different publishers over the years have published their own copies and have added, or changed things that were in the original German design.    For those unfamiliar with the picture and have only seen the later versions they will not be aware of these changes.

The original version - Has a number of differences compared to the Dutch/English versions. It is the English version which Gawin Kirkham used in Street preaching. Here are some extracts below from a biography of the life of Gawin Kirkham by Frank Cockrem.

...............The task, renewed during many succeeding years, of discovering the origin of the picture, was at length concluded to Mr. Kirkham's unmeasured satisfaction. To Mrs. Reihlen, the wife of a Stuttgart merchant, the design was traced, and to her the original publication of the picture in German was found to be due. Hardly had the grave closed over the honoured remains of that saintly lady ere, in the city of Amsterdam, Mr. Kirkham's eyes beheld for the first time the Dutch edition of her work. To him the hand of God transferred the object of her prayer and hope, and with marvellous faithfulness he held the sacred trust.

Gawin Kirkham's visit to Stuttgart to lecture on the Broad and the Narrow Way for the thousandth time:

.........................................................Another joy lay in his track. It had been arranged that he should first proceed to Stuttgart, there to deliver, literally for the one thousandth time, his lecture on the picture " The Broad and the Narrow Way." This was truly a notable occasion ! Audiences, each numbering a thousand, gathered on two consecutive evenings in the Concert Hall; Mr. Adolf Reihlen, son of the devoted lady whose consecrated skill had given the picture to the Church and to the world, presiding; Pastor Israel, the instrument of its issue in Holland, where Mr. Kirkham found it, was also present; representatives of the family of Herr Schacher, the young and now sainted artist who had assisted Mrs. Reihlen, looked on with grateful tears; and not least, Mr. Charles L. Young, Mr. Kirkham's old and dear friend, helpful, as on hundreds of previous occasions, in " pointing" the picture—these were the accompaniments to an occasion of thrilling interest, and, we may hope, of abiding
blessedness.

GAWIN KIRKHAM: Open Air Evangelist

A RECORD AND A TRIBUTE. BY FRANK COCKREM. (Secretary of the Open-Air Mission.)

An English translation of Charlotte Reihlen's explanation of the picture is available and matches Charlotte Reihlen's original German explanation. From an historical point of view it is important to preserve examples of her original picture before it becomes lost in history. Over the years many people have asked about the Broad and the Narrow Way picture....and so I decided to investigate and find out the history and search for an original version. I make a record here to help all who are interested to have a better understanding. Hope this helps.

Copies of this print can be made available. Copies can be ordered and printed on request. The cost of the print is £40 or in US Dollars $70 If more prints are required the cost per print is reduced, please enquire.
The print is made specially which is why there is a price difference compared to other prints on this site.

Der Breite und der Schmale Weg
The picture beneath compares areas in parts of the two versions of the Broad and the Narrow Way.    Down the left hand are parts of Charlotte's original version.    Down the right hand side are the same areas in the English version.    One can see differences also the style of clothing in Charlotte's picture is from an earlier period.

The Broad and the Narrow Way English version - Click on image for more information