- The Moralist
- Mezzotint on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
- Sheet: 15 7/8 × 10 3/8 inches (40.3 × 26.4 cm), Plate: 13 7/8 × 9 7/8 inches (35.2 × 25.1 cm), and Image: 12 × 9 7/8 inches (30.5 × 25.1 cm)
Inscribed on verso in graphite, lower center: "#163"
Lettered below image: "The Moralist | Published 13th. April 1795, by Haines & Son, No.19 Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane."; below title: "Where Virtue encircles the fair, | There roses and lillies are vain; | Each blossom must drop with dispair; | Where Innocence takes up her reign: | No guady embellishing arts, | The fair-one need call to her aid; | Who kindly by nature imparts, | The Graces that virtue has made. | The Swain who has sense must despise, | Each coquetish art to ensnare; | If timely ye'd wish to be wise, | Attend to my counsel ye fair; | Let Virgins whom nature has blest, | Her sovereign dictates obey; | For Beauties by nature express'd, | Are beauties that never decay."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
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Print made by unknown artist, eighteenth century, The Moralist, 1795
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