The mirror of the graces; or, the English lady's costume: combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty, simplicity and economy, with fashion in dress; and adapting the various articles of female embellishments to different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank, and situation in life: with useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness, and manners; the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious means of preserving beauty, health, and loveliness. The whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of propriety
The same subject, of female beauty, more explicity [sic] considered, pp. 42-58 ff.
THE SAME SUBJECT, OF FEMLALE BEAUTY, MORE EXPLICITY CONSIDERED. So far, my fair friends, I have thrown toge. ther my sentiments on the aggregate of the female form; I shall now de.5cend to parti- culars, and leave it to your judgments to adopt my suggestions according to the cor. respondence with your difterent characters. The preservation of an agreeable com. plexion (which always presupposes health,) is not the most insignificant of exterior charms, Though we yield due admiration to regularity of features (the Grecian contour being usually so called) yet when we consider them merely in the outline, our pleasure can go no farther than that of a cold critic, who regards the finely-proportioned lineaments of life as he would those of a statue. It is complexion that lends animation to a picture; it is complexion that gives spirit to the human countenance. Even the language of the eyes loses half its eloquence, if they speak from the obscurity of an inexpressive skin. The life. 0
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