[Vertue presupposes the Purity of the Soul]
Engraving and letterpress, sheet 360 x 225mm (14¼ x 9"). Letterpress verso.
The heads of a family inspect to see whether the vessels in their cellars 'are well cleans'd, and of good Scent, before the precious Wines are poured into 'em'. Plate from 'Doctrine of Morality...According to the Stoick Philosophy', Thomas Mannington Gibbs' translation of the work by Marin le Roy, sieur de Gomberville, republished in 1726 as 'Moral Virtue Delineated'. As the explanation published accompanying the picture (not offered here) explains, the vessels are a metaphor for the human soul, which according to the philosophy espoused in this volume must be cleansed of impurity in order to approach virtue and to become worthy of the gifts bestowed from the heavens.
For another plate from the same volume see ref 28614
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