An 1830s Depiction Of What’s Inside A Woman’s Heart

According to this, a lady’s heart is a landscape of made-up places like the “Pyramids of Fashion” or the “Land of Coquetry.”

In the 1830s, D. W. Kellogg (and his brother) became prominent producers of decorative prints, which often took the form of creative mapmaking. The following creation is called “A Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart,” a “map” showing the different places contained within a lady’s heart. While it’s certainly a sweet idea and (obviously) beautifully executed, the faux topography doesn’t do much to counter female stereotypes when one can “visit” places like “Love of Dress,” the “Province of Deception,” or the “Land of Selfishness.”

3. Check out these close-ups to explore in more detail…

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