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Print made by unknown artist eighteenth century
Published by Robert Laurie, 1755?–1836

The Nosegay Girl

Mezzotint on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 16 3/8 × 11 inches (41.6 × 27.9 cm), Plate: 13 3/4 × 9 3/4 inches (34.9 × 24.8 cm), Image: 11 5/8 × 9 3/4 inches (29.5 × 24.8 cm)

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, upper right: "361"; inscribed on verso in graphite, lower right: "4 | 147"

Lettered below image: "361 | The Nosegay Girl. | Published 19th Augt. 1795 by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London | Beauty I sell, who'll buy! who'll buy! | Roses and lilies girls, here am I: | Neither black, brown, nor fair, shall have cause | for complaint, | They shall all look like angels, & all without paint: | Who'll buy! who'll buy! | Here am I. | Come maids and be beautiful, easy's the talk, | Use this rouge newly taken from modesty's mask; | As it blooms shall fair truth shew your heart | in the flush, | And duty's enamel shall polish the blush. | For duty gives charms that will last all your lives: | None but dutiful daughters make beautiful wives. | Beauty I sell, &c. | Now's your time, all ye wives, would ye | beautiful grow, | Draw some drops from content's lucid fount | as they flow; | Take the mildness of love, throw away all the art, | Mix these indearment's albemic, the heart, | Let the fire of attention the whole gently boil, | Then add nature's best gloss, a perpetual smile. | Beauty I sell, &c. | Come round me, I've wares for maid, widow, | and wife: | This essence of truth to the eyes gives a life, | This tincture of sweetness shall lilies disclose, | And from this, virtue's balm, shall sprint | beauty's best rose; | Then, while art's in fashion, how can you refuse | That which nature & reason permit you to use! | Beauty I sell, &c."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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