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Saturday, 16 February 2019


Gawin Kirkham - The Open Air Evangelist

Gawin Kirkham - The Open-Air Evangelist
After 11 years away from the UK - It was a wonderful blessing to return again - Josi, Dorothy
 and myself were able to travel back last December and stayed till February the 4th. What a 
joy it was to spend Christmas and the New Year in London and then travel up to North 
Shropshire in January. During our stay in London and seeing well known sights and places - 
I decided to go and visit the grave of the esteemed Open-Air Evangelist - Gawin Kirkham....
Some of you may be wondering why on earth would you want to do this!? Before I write 
further may I just mention a little about who Gawin Kirkham was:

Gawin Kirkham, along with being Secretary of the Open-Air Mission was an Open-Air 
evangelist. and would use a picture called the Broad and Narrow Way as the theme for 
his message........ The designer a Mrs Charlotte Reihlen from Stuttgart.

Before visiting the cemetery where Gawin Kirkham was buried. I asked cemetery staff where his grave was and if they could help.  Which they kindly did and located his grave and took a couple of photos. They had to remove a lot of ivy which had overgrown it over the years and it was located in one of the oldest parts of the cemetery which didn't have many visitors. 
When I finally visited the cemetery on a rather chilly December day....I didn't know what I would find or what I needed to do, but I managed to find the grave and decided to clean it up the best I could.  If one reads the biography "Gawin Kirkham Open-Air Evangelist," by Frank Cockrem. It is interesting to note the last Chapter, the very last words Gawin Kirkham spoke before going to his heavenly reward recorded, and also written on his headstone :


It was such a blessing to see! - Right to the very end Gawin Kirkham was proclaiming 
the Everlasting Gospel...even his headstone is preaching the good news, how sinners can 
find salvation in Jesus Christ!

(I still need to clean the headstone more - the ivy has left marks and probably needs 
professional help - I only had a few hours to do what you see here)

To explain more about who Gawin Kirkham was. In many ways he was the Apostle of 
Street preaching - A Gospel Pioneer of his age and saw it his calling and mission to preach
 in the Open-Air and helped raise up an army of street preachers. Along with this, he also saw 
it his calling to preach the message of the picture "The Broad and Narrow Way". He had 
various sizes of pictures painted - until the final picture 12ft x 9ft was made. He spent years preaching with this, travelling the length and breadth of the UK and also visited Europe and 
beyond with the picture. Making use of the latest printing technology he had printed
attractive colour lithographs of the picture for the public to purchase. It sold in thousands 
and took the picture to the 4 corners of the earth, even though Gawin Kirkham passed
away 1892 - many of those prints still make their presence felt around the world..
adorning homes and arresting the attention of young and old alike.  
My Great Auntie - Florence E Swindells, had an old copy hanging in her home, and 
would sometimes share about the picture and its effect. To help us understand the
 value of the picture we need to share something which is from the Gawin Kirkham's 
biography written by Frank Cockrem. It will give some idea of the impact this 
visual aid had during the Victorian age:

” These tours in country districts, day by day, exhibiting and explaining his pictorial 
treasure, yielded rich harvests of interest and blessing. Many received the truth 
through eye-gate, whose ears had long been deaf to the message of the Gospel. 
They saw themselves in “the way that leadeth to destruction,” and, trembling, 
prayed, repented, and were saved. Thus a marvelous  link of affection bound 
Mr. Kirkham to his picture, and the cumbrous luggage lost its burdensomeness
in the sure conviction of its usefulness." 
 Gawin Kirkham - The Open-Air Evangelist

Remembrance today....
The photo above gives some idea how overgrown the area is around the grave....there really are grave stones in there....but buried under ivy and overgrown........time passes and also it would seem the families and loved ones connected with them. It is a shame many in the Church today probably don't know someone so esteemed..... Someone who in his lifetime did so much to raise up an army of street preachers, and under whose leadership the Open-Air Mission reached a membership over a thousand. In those days throughout Britain - it was a very common sight to see street preaching - bringing the message of the Gospel to the lost. Sadly in Britain today - it may not be quite so common a sight as it once was.

But in a quiet corner of a cemetery in North London - Gawin Kirkham is still preaching....

Friday, 9 November 2018


The Bible Wheel

 The Bible Wheel
(Republished and Digital Image Restoration – © Peter N Millward) 
With gratitude for source Image -Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund.

One of the latest antique prints now available is a another poster designed by W. C. Miles called "The Bible Wheel"   a picture similar to the Gospel Compass.  A hundred and forty years ago this would have been a very popular picture for seafarers and sailors.  An excellent visual aid for the different mission agencies to share with sailors and those traveling by sea. 

One of the most active of the mission agencies at that time was the Thames Church Mission.  Below is a report carefully recorded on the work and distribution 1882 -83 

The Thames Church Mission was ably led for a number of years by Rev Henry Bloomer.  To undertake such a vast work the mission needed substantial do this without modern means of communication must have been a daunting task.....But the mission was highly respected as can be seen from the Newspaper cutting below.   (This blog post is in a process of being updated)

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Sunday, 10 June 2018


The Up and Down Lines - Companion for the Broad and Narrow Way Picture

 The Up and Down Lines Railway Picture

The Up and Down Lines
Designed by W.C.Miles circa 1880s   
(Republished from private Collection – © Peter N Millward)

The poem below written during the 1840s eloquently conveys the message of the picture.

            The Spiritual Railway
The Line to heaven by Christ was made
With heavenly truth the Rails are laid,
From Earth to Heaven the Line extends,
To Life Eternal where it ends.
Repentance is the Station then
Where Passengers are taken in.
No Fee for them is there to pay,
For Jesus is himself the way.
God’s Word is the first Engineer
It points the way to Heaven so dear.
Through tunnels dark and dreary here
It does the way to Glory steer.
God’s Love the Fire, his Truth the Steam,
Which drives the Engine and the Train,
All you who would to Glory ride,
Must come to Christ, in Him abide
In First, and Second, and Third Class,
Repentance, Faith and Holiness.
You must the way to Glory gain
Or you with Christ will not remain.
Come then poor Sinners, now’s the time
At any Station on the Line.
If you’ll repent and turn from sin
The Train will stop and take you in.

In my last news I asked if anyone has any old Christian Posters or prints, they would kindly like to donate. One picture which would be especially welcome is a copy of “The Up and the Down Lines” issued in the 1880s. It just so happened in May I spotted an old Up and Down Lines picture on Ebay and was able to make a successful bid for it - This is the picture above after digitally restoring it....the original was quite battered but the colours were good.  It is an answer to prayer as the picture is very rare these days to see.....Copies are now available for sale at the online store.

Some fascinating information below about this intriguing picture and the world it came from over 130 years ago.  The print is an original Chromolithograph from the 1880s and is thought to be one of the earliest editions. The picture depicts two railway lines – The Up Line – to Heaven and the Down Line to Hell. And graphically shows the awesome contrast between the destinations reached at the end of the broad gauge railway which accommodated sin and the narrow gauge to heaven which eschewed it.

  The picture is both beautiful and could spend hours studying with a Bible.  The designer  - W.C.Miles has shown remarkable ability - The picture is filled with small scenes with scriptures....and would lend itself well to Bible Study and Sunday school. The style of clothes belong to a different era, but the picture has an up to date message for every generation.  

The Railway Signal magazine described The Up and Down Lines, as 'size 24 x 20. beautifully coloured. Also mounted on rollers' - and the following text  "a most interesting and instructive picture showing the Downgrade of Sin from Eden and the Upward Course of the Believer from the City of Destruction to Glory". The down line made its descent from paradise, through wilderness and captivity. by-passing Calvary, and with alluring stopping points offering sport, gambling. dancing, and the demon drink. The final stop - Pit Station was shown as being open day and night and selling only one-way tickets. Not far beyond it. all trains, bearing their unfortunate human freight. crashed down eternity rapids. The Celestial Route Station, by contrast. had placards offering refreshments. life insurance, grace. pardon. and peace. The main line went over the bridge of mercy. through Grace Station, and on through Calvary Junction to Glory."

Tuesday, 1 May 2018


The Gospel Compass

The Gospel Compass
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The Gospel Compass - For Sailors of all Nations.
Designed by W.C.M. circa 1880s
(Republished from private Collection – © Peter N Millward)

Recently while looking through pictures on my computer - I found a picture a very kind friend gave me many years ago called the Gospel Compass - For Sailors of all Nations.

I never really investigated the picture properly until now.  Although the original litho has aged quite well there are various areas showing signs of age, so I decided to restore the image digitally. I am able to republish and sell copies from the original litho print which is part of my collection. And is now available for sale at my Online shop 

Surprisingly, not a great deal of information available about the picture - But is likely it was designed for the Special Mission to Deep-Sea Fishermen, founded in 1881 by E.J. (Ebenezer Joseph) Mather. The organization later became The Fishermen's Mission. 

It is a wonderfully thought provoking maritime picture, one could spend hours studying - Featuring a compass rose at the centre, and signal flags conveying Bible message and scriptures. The large compass has Bible texts placed on all the points and surrounded by texts expressed in signal code, with nautical themed sketches and Bible verses. Below is a photo of one of the short keys on the left at the foot of the picture explaining the different features.

Saturday, 17 March 2018


The Broad and the Narrow Way

The Broad and Narrow Way - 1883 English Edition
I have been updating my website along with that some of the pictures - Recently I was able to purchase an original 1883 Chromolithograph print of the Broad and the Narrow Way for a reasonable price. I have been on the look out for years for an original print of this famous picture produced for Gawin Kirkham of the Open-Air Mission. The colours were very good and without too much difficulty was able to digitally restore the image. This is now available for sale in various formats and products at Online store

Were you aware there is a big difference between a Chromolithographic print and modern prints?

Below is an explanation from The Chicago Antiques Guide Blog

"Chromolithography, or color printing from a stone, only reached the market in the 1870's and was all but non-existant by the end of the 1930's. It's heyday was the 1880's and 1890's. Most chromolithography after the early 1900's was used for cigar labels, posters, and some fruit crate labels. I'm sure there were other uses, but those are the printed items that most collectors care about after 1900.

If you are looking at buying an old poster that is supposed to be from the 1930's or earlier, make sure that it is a stone lithograph and not a color separation. Many old posters have been reproduced using more modern color separation techniques." The Chicago Antiques Guide Blog - How to tell a Chromolithograph

To tell the difference, you need a strong magnifying glass or photograph of the image to enlarge. Below are some highly magnified photos - Below is a modern colour separation print of the Broad and the Narrow Way. Which shows a pattern of small dots.

Above is a photo taken from an original Chromolithograph print of the Broad and the Narrow Way picture. (Highly magnified)

The above is from a scan of another Chromolithograph print from the same era called - The Up and Down Lines to show the difference.

I will updating this page with further examples when I find time

Friday, 23 February 2018


Charlotte Reihlen - The memory of the Just is blessed

 Charlotte Reihlen - The Memory of the Just is Blessed

A significant date
The 21st of January 2018 was very significant, but it passed without my knowing until a few
days later while I was catching up with my website, the date - exactly 150 years since the
designer of the picture - A Mrs Charlotte Reihlen of Stuttgart passed into Eternity.  Somehow
I don't think this is a coincidence…  For along time I had not visited my website...Plus,
I had been unable to update the site…. But I was able resolve this now. So for
me this is very significant.  So I decided  to make a picture as a tribute to Charlotte Reihlen.  
But I am thinking perhaps I should make an illustrated book ….. 150 year ago the world
was a very different place but the picture still has a very up to date message to tell!
Charlotte Reihlen
Do we want to change the world for the better? If we do, then it may be helpful to understand
how God changed the world in the past through His people. .... and still impacting around
the world today, 150 years later.  January 21st 1868 Charlotte Reihlen passed from this
world to the next. She died relatively young - 63 years. Little did she know that a picture
she commissioned in the last years of her life on earth would have such an impact. Her
prayers and sincere desire to share the Gospel through the picture - became a wonderful
reality.  The image was the culmination of a life dedicated to serving Christ and His Kingdom.
Charlotte along with her husband Friedrich were used by God to begin many good works in
their native city of Stuttgart, Germany, helping the poor, rescue houses for needy children
and starting Christian initiatives that still exist today.

Charlotte was not an artist, but she had a good idea of ​​what she wanted to say through art.
When she met a pious artist by the name of Conrad Schacher. She was then able to transfer
her message to the world through the image he created. This started an incredible story -
as no sooner had she passed away. The image fell into the hands of an English preacher
named Gawin Kirkham, Secretary of the "Open-Air Mission." He was so impacted when he
first saw the picture and understood the message - He saw it as his life's calling to preach
the message of the picture, and had an enlarged copy painted, succeeded by three others each
larger than the previous, the last one - the largest being 9ft x 12ft - With these enlarged pictures
he went in the streets, public squares and churches up and down the British Isles. During his
lifetime he preached well over 1000 times in public - Even travelling to the United States and the
Continent, and visited what was then known as Palestine taking the message of the picture.

Over 50,000 copies of the picture were sold in 5 years, and went to the four corners of the earth,
translated into several languages. The picture is by far the most well known and sought after
of it's type - even today 150 years later.  By all accounts Gawin Kirkham was a  formidable
open air preacher, a dynamic personality who raised an army of a street preachers in the UK
and beyond during his active years as the Secretary of the Open Air Mission Society whose
ranks swelled to over a thousand.  Today,  the image still has a lot of fascination, although
not without criticism, some complain for theological reasons or ridicule as old fashioned ...
But the image has a testimony and a history that we do well to ponder and respect ..... It
was used by the Lord for good, making wise to salvation a generation during the Victorian era.   
Anyone who studies the history of the picture and its message can not deny,  the picture
brings eternity into sharp focus with a message that is not negotiable - it is for every
generation to believe and seek the Lord while He may be found .... It's the message  
Charlotte Reihlen wanted to speak to the world, and Gawin Kirkham took up the baton to
make known.    And is the same message we too are entrusted with.

Thursday, 22 February 2018


"Put On Your White Sombrero"

"Put On Your White Sombrero"

As I listened to the song "Put On Your White Sombrero"  by ABBA a (secular pop group)  
I heard as it were the Bride of Christ singing the song too!  It was deeply impacting.
But how is that possible you may ask? How do you know?
But if the Spirit of Christ is within me compels me to speak!
We know what the Lord says in scripture about the 7 churches in the book of Revelation.
But what would the Lord say to today's Churches?
The true Bride of Christ will never accept false religion or what is phony.
She will never compromise, and we have many example in history of servants of God who were martyred and suffered for the Gospel and the Word of God.
  Over the years the powers of Hell, have sent the Church - The Bride of Christ, false
teachers and false teaching and many would be suitors to deceive and enslave her,
Subtle heresies, especially the last 50 years or so - Wealth, prosperity, false teaching, a safe comfortable Gospel - a false Gospel!….an attempt to diminish the love of believers for their Lord.
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches” Revelation 2:29

We do well to remember the words of Jesus and the parable of the ten Virgins
- 5 who were wise and 5 who were foolish.  
The foolish ones never knew the Bridegroom, but they had all the looks of a Bride.
but neglected to bring the oil for their lamps!

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and
went out to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish and five were wise.  The
foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.  The wise ones, however,
took oil in jars along with their lamps.  The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’  “Then
all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.  The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be
enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.
“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who
were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the
others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’  “But he replied, ‘Truly
I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day
or the hour. Matthew 25: 1-13

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Paintings produced at Church's

Paintings produced at Church's - August - October 2017

Each Church we visit receive a picture as a gift after the service.  A picture can be finished 30 mins -1 hour depending on the subject. I work closely with a theme or scripture. Prayer and preparation is a priority. A short explanation is given when a picture is finished

To book a visit for a Church service, Outreach Events, Conferences and Camps. Please ask for details. 

Monday, 16 October 2017


The Giant Redwood - Sequoia

The Giant Redwood - Sequoia 

A giant Redwood forest can teach us much about the Kingdom of God and our relationship with Christ.  Even though the seeds of a giant redwood are very small......contained within that one tiny seed is the potential to grow to heights of over 350 ft and have a circumference of 26 ft. The mighty Sequoia is the largest tree in existence and the oldest. There is even a sequoia estimated to be around 3,500 years old! Its normal - The creator designed them for this.

What Church should be like......

Some amazing facts Giant Redwoods are relational...there root system curiously does not go too deep only 6 - 12 ft but the roots go out in all directions and entwine in the root systems of all the other sequoias....making for an incredibly strong base for each tree. They stand strong unified supporting each other.  When storms and high winds occur they pass by leaving the sequoia unchanged. The trees literally hold each other together. Only redwoods have the strength to support other redwoods.

Trials and testings.....

Forest fires that pass through from time to time....bring new life and benefit the trees clearing the forest floor for new growth. A true sequoia will withstand the heat.....other types of trees are burned.   The heat actually open up sequoia cones lying on the forest floor, releasing  seeds to take root and grow.

Being what God created us to be....

One of the most amazing aspects of these amazing trees is they actually change the environment where they grow by being what they were meant to be. The church has this potential when its members live out their calling in Christ - They change the world around them by being what they were meant to be.
Create their own environment

On a  really hot day those who have walked through a forest of Redwoods know the quiet majestic presence....the satisfying coolness. While outside only exists heat, wind and noise. But within this forest, sequoias have their own environment - the reality of who they are.

From a distance these majestic trees beckon us to consider our calling in Christ.....

Potential for growth

In Christ we have all been born again to become more than we could ever imagine - to be what we were meant to be should be our dream and longing.  The plan God had all along for our we live in the good of this?  - Have we pursued it with all our hearts and searched for it like gold till we will find it? Do we get diverted?   If we seek God, study the scriptures and obey His word we will be on course to find what God always intended for our lives.


Throughout the history of the church, we see ordinary Christians do extraordinary things - and blessed the world over through Christ - Even today we live in the shadow of their influence, they changed their environment by being who God created them to reach their full stature in Christ. William Tyndale, Hudson Taylor, William Cary, General William Booth, George Muller, Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom. To name just a few.....They lived exceptional lives that made a difference...and that is what God wants and longs for each one of us. We can start by accepting the plan God has for our lives if we are willing to accept.  Through prayer and seeking God - Give up our plans and ambitions and embrace His - The one who is worthy of our lives - the Lord Jesus Christ.

Not reaching our full stature in Christ

Bonsai trees, those tiny miniature trees cultivated and developed to grow in shallow pots. They need  constant care. Just the right amount of water. and constant trimming. They have to grow in a controlled environment artificially....These trees always had the potential, the same capacity to reach the height and breadth they were meant to be...Even a sequoia placed in a bonsai pot can remain a miniature. But if these trees were suddenly placed in their natural environment they would quickly wilt and die…...

Pot bound - We may limit ourselves by not believing what God says about us in Christ. (If we are in Christ. If in doubt check what the scriptures say about being a Christian)  If we substitute His Word for our own expectations instead of Christs expectations for our life we have already fallen short. Our family expectations, our peers expectations...even religious expectations, traditions and passivity can interfere and cause us to stumble. Being bound by fear can cause us to miss out on God's best.   God destined us in Christ to make an impact in this change the world and lives for the better. If we are not.... then why not? Study the scriptures, pray and seek God..... and find out!   

Take a look at those stately sequoias let them speak to us of our destiny in Christ  - Being who God always intended us to be in Christ.

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" Ephesians 4:13

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Live Art

I have been doing live art during preaching here in Brazil for a couple of months.....We think it is going very well....each church where we go, gets the finished picture as a gift to bless them. 

A picture can be finished 15 -1 hour depending on the subject. I can work closely with a theme or scripture a speaker is giving. Prayer and preparation is a priority

Some photos of last Sunday at a local Baptist church - the picture was done within 40 - 1 hour. The preaching was from John 9 - Jesus healing the man born blind. 

Also a short video of another project we are developing

Best wishes and God bless 

Peter N Millward

Sunday, 13 August 2017


JOCUM PRAIA - Saturday Children's Club- The Lion and the Lamb

We had a Lion and the Lamb themed event for our children's saturday morning club. I prepared a picture before hand to practice speed painting to music.  My wife Josi did a short introduction to the Lion and the Lamb, explaining the significance of the Lion and Lamb in scripture.  After this I produced a much bigger picture for the event performed to music. Afterwards the children were able to paint a Lion and Lamb themed panel on the wall....a bit like the famous Bayeux Tapestry. But ours tells the amazing victory of the Lion and the Lamb in scripture.