The Life and Age of Woman



Hand colored lithograph on wove paper


Image: 8 5/8 × 12 7/8 in. (21.9 × 32.7 cm)

Sheet: 10 3/16 × 14 1/16 in. (25.8 × 35.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Adelbert Ames Fine Arts Awards Fund



James S. Baillie


Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, in stone, center: THE / LIFE & AGE / OF / WOMAN/ STAGES OF WOMAN'S LIFE / FROM THE / CRADLE TO THE GRAVE.; inscribed, in stone, below image, lower left: In swaddling clothes / behold the bud, / Of sweet and gentle womanhood. [under infant]; Net she forshews / with mimic plays, / The business of / her future days. [under 10 year old child]; Now glorious as a / full-blown flower, / The heart of manhood / feels her power. [under 20 year old woman]; A Husband now / her arms entwine / She clings around / him like the vine. [under 30 year old woman]; inscribed, in stone, below image, lower center: Now bearing fruit, / she rears her boys / And tastes a mother's / pains and joys [under 40 year old woman]; Like sparkling fountain / gushing forth, / She proves a blessing / to this earth. [under 50 year old woman]; A busy housewife / full of cares, / The daily food / her hand prepares. [under 60 year old woman]; inscribed, in stone, below image, lower right: As age creeps on / she seeks for grace, / Always to church / and her place. [under 70 year old woman]; Now second childhood / loosens all her tongue, / She talks of love and / prattles with the young. [under 80 year old woman]; A useless cumberer / /on the earth, / From house to house / they send her forth. [under 90 year old woman]; Chained to her chair / by weight of years, / She listless knits / till death appears. [under 100 year old woman]; inscribed, in stone, lower center margin: Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1848, by J. Baillie, in the Clerk's Office of the Dist.t [second t in superscript] Court of the Sout.n [n in superscript] Dist.t [second t in superscript] of N.Y. / Published by James Baillie, 87th [th in superscript] St. near 3rd [rd in superscript] Avenue N.Y. / 72

Course History

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

GEOG 17, Geopolitics and Third World Development, Patricia Lopez, Spring 2015

GEOG 17, Geopolitics and Third World Development, Patricia Lopez, Spring 2015

HUM 1, Dialogue with the Classics, Andrea Tarnowski, Spring 2019

HUM 1.02/HUM 1.03/HUM 1.04, Dialogues with the Classics, Carolyn Dever, Paul Carranza, Antonia Gomez, Fall 2019

HUM 1.05/HUM 1.06/HUM 1.07, Dialogues with the Classics, Klaus Mladek, Michelle Clarke, Andrea Tarnowski, Fall 2019

ANTH 50.17, Rites of Passage, Sienna Craig, Spring 2020

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.


Barrett Menson Antiques, Townshend, Vermont; sold to present collection, 1999.

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