Hannah Cohoon

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Hannah Cohoon (February 1, 1788 – January 7, 1864) was an American painter. She painted in an abstract style associated with the Shaker community of Hancock, MA. She is reknowned for her ink and watercolour painting The Tree of Life.


  • I received a draft of a beautiful Tree penciled on a large sheet of white paper bearing ripe fruit I saw it plainly it looked very singular and curious to me. I have since learned that this tree grows in the Spirit Land. Afterwards the spirit showed me plainly the branches, leaves, and fruit presented or drawn upon paper. The leaves were checked or (unreadable) and the same color you see here. I entreated Mother Ann to tell me the name of this tree which she did Oct 1st 4th hour PM by moving the hand of a medium to write twice over Your Tree is the Tree of Life.
    • Hand printed below Hannah Cohoon's painting of "The Tree of Life" dated July 3, 1854

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