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Wood Nymph by Samuel Woodeforde.
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The Wood Nymph
Painted by Samuel Woodeforde R.A. 1764-1817 Engraved
by John R. Smith.
The hat she is wearing
is perhaps like the 'platted hive of straw' which the distressed maid wears
A Lover's Complaint, Stanza 2, line 8.
This print taken
from English Rural Life in the 18th. Century.
Upon her head a platted hive of straw,
Which fortified her visage from the
Whereon the thought might think sometime
The carcase of a beauty spent and
Time had not scythed all that youth
Nor youth all quit; but, spite of
Heaven's fell rage
Some beauty peeped through lattice
of seared age.