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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
(1811)

The same subject, of female beauty, more explicity [sic] considered,   pp. 42-58 ff.


Page 42


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.
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