Green’s ‘Life and Death Contrasted’ by circa 1770.

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A striking image from the British engraver and publisher Valentine Green, illustrating the idea that life, with all its frivolity and distractions (symbolised by the romance novel, parlour games, and high society lady in all her finery) is in fact – echoing the sentiment of Ecclesiastes (quoted on the obelisk) – nothing but “vanity”, all lives as they do inevitably ending in death.
The subtitle – “an essay on woman” – does, however, raise the question of whether Green is making a further comment on womanhood itself.
via Life and Death Contrasted (circa. 1770) | The Public Domain Review.

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