The Life and Age of Man

Nathaniel Currier, American, 1813 - 1888



Hand-colored lithograph on wove paper

Image: 8 3/4 × 12 15/16 in. (22.2 × 32.9 cm)

Sheet: 10 × 14 1/16 in. (25.4 × 35.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Hood Museum of Art Acquisitions Fund



N. Currier Lithographer, New York


Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, on stone, center: THE / LIFE & AGE OF / MAN. / STAGES OF MAN'S LIFE FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE / Resist the Devil and he will flee from you!; inscribed, on stone, below image, lower left: Unitl the first 5 / years be spent / A child is lamb like innocent.[under infant]; at ten he goat like / skips and joys. / In idle sports and / foolish toys. [under 10 year old child]; At twenty love doth / swell his veins / And heifer like / untamed remains. [under 20 year old man]; With bull like strength / to smite his foes / At thiry to the / field he goes. [under 30 year old man]; inscribed, on stone, below image, lower center: At forty nought his / courage quails. / But lion like by / force prevails. [under 40 year old man]; Strength fails at fifty but with wit / Fox like he helps to / manage it. [under 50 year old man]; At sixty repine fraud / and stealthy ways / Wolf like he tries his / wealth to Raise. [under 60 year old man]; inscribed, on stone, below image, lower right: At seventy news hell / hear and tell / but dog-like loves / at home to dwell. [under 70 year old man]; The cat keeps house / and loves teh fire / At eighty we the / same desire. [under 80 year old man]; Weak asses backs / were made to bear / At ninety we must / suffer ev'ry wehre. [under 90 year old man]; If we should reach / the hundreth year / Tho' sick of life the / grave we fear. [under 100 year old man]; inscribed, on stone, lower center margin: LITH. & PUB. BY N. CURRIER, 33 SPRUCE ST. N.Y.

Course History

HIST 27, WGST 23, Gender and Power in American History from the Colonial Period to the Civil War, Leslie Butler, Spring 2012

Exhibition History

Constructing Gender: Works from the Hood Museum of Art's Collection, 1500 to the Present, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, ARTH 2, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 28-April 22, 2012.


The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd., Phildadelphia, Pennsylvania; sold to present collection, 2004.

Catalogue Raisonne

Conningham (1949): 3499; Gale Research (1983): 3769

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