Keep within compass [graphic] ; Prudence produceth esteem.
[London] Printed for & sold by Bowles & Carver, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London [1785?]
1 print : mezzotint with etching on wove paper ; plate mark 34.8 x 25 cm, on sheet 40 x 28 cm
"A young woman stands within a compass inscribed 'Fear God', holding an open book inscribed 'The Pleasures of Imagination Realized'. At her feet is an open chest full of guineas from which hang bank-notes and jewels; it is inscribed 'The Reward of Virtue'. A small dog stands beside her. In the background (right) is a country house, on the left farm-buildings and haystacks. The four corners are filled ... with the disasters which beset the woman who does not 'keep within compass'. (1) A woman weeps dejectedly with cards and an empty purse on the ground at her feet. (2) A drunken woman lets an infant fall from her arms; on the wall is a torn print inscribed 'Domestic Happiness'. (3) A woman is being conducted to the watch-house by two watchmen, one with his lantern, the other with a rattle. (4) She beats hemp in Bridewell, a man standing behind her with a whip, as in Hogarth's 'Harlot's Progress'. The words round the circle are the same as in BMSat 6903. Beneath the circle is inscribed 'Prudence produceth esteem'."--British Museum catalogue. The first three words of the title at the top and "Prudence produceth Esteem" below, followed by four verses of four lines; and with the whole title around the circumference of the circle. Four verses of four lines begins: Instead of cards my fair-one look, (I beg you'll take it kind) Into some learned author's book, And cultivate your mind. ... Companion print to: Keep within Compass and you shall be sure, to avoid many troubles which others endure. Reissue of No. 6907 in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6. Lacks series numbering. Temporary local subject terms: Virtue: chest containing jewels -- Purses -- Sewing baskets -- Domestic happiness portrayed -- Streets -- Allusion to prostitution -- Bridewell -- Female costume, 1785. Leverhulme-Auchincloss, vol. i; May1954; Acquisitions no.: 954-5-1-174.
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