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Commentaries on women, men and marriage were popular themes for 19th century illustrations, which often decorated parlor or sitting room walls. Artemas Alden of Barre, Massachusetts, chose to illustrate "Stages of Woman's Life from infancy to the brink of grave." The caption, "The virtuous woman is a crown to her husband" epitomizes the period's image of women as inculcators and preservers of domestic virtue. The hourglasses, clock, and stag remind viewers of their own fleeting mortality.


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"The Life and Age of Woman"

artist   Artemas Alden
date   c. 1840
location   Barre, Massachusetts
height   18.0"
width   21.5"
process/materials   wood engraving
item type   Art/Engraving
accession #   #2000.20.506

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