I was thrilled to see the painting of Daniel in the lions' den by Briton Riviere in the December 27 issue ["Alone but not lonely"]. I had a copy of that painting on the wall of my room during my childhood, and derived great comfort from it then. And the story behind it of Daniel's courage, and of his safety and fearlessness in the face of adversity, has continued to be an inspiration and strength to me ever since.

Actually, I had recently come across the original painting in Manchester City Art Gallery and asked them to let me have a copy, should they reproduce it as a postcard. Not having heard from them, I am delighted that, thanks to the Sentinel, I do now have a reproduction of it, which I intend to frame.

I am grateful to Joseph Kamenju for his wonderful article, "Safe among the big cats," telling how that painting, titled "Daniel's Answer to the King," provided comfort and inspiration for his Sunday School pupils in Kenya. It may be of interest to them and other readers to know that Briton Riviere was a British artist (1840–1920), who was born near London Zoo, where he spent much time studying the animals. That might explain why, as Kamenju said, the artist clearly "understood well the behavior of lions."

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February 14, 2005

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