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The School Mistress

Figure descriptions
A cherub sits atop a podium and aims a bow and arrow at an owl that perches on the other side. The bust of a man with a helmet lifted above his face is centered on the podium, between the cherub and the owl, and is surrounded by books. Leaves extend upward and outward from behind the bust. The podium reads “The Schoolmiſtreſs”. To the left of the podium, a woman stands and wears a scholar’s cap and a robe. She carries a rolled diploma or degree in her left hand. With her right hand, she holds onto ribbons which extend up and around the illustration. To the right, an old woman wearing a bonnet turns her back to the podium and looks over her right shoulder. She holds a book in her left hand. With her right hand, she holds onto the ribbons that partially surround the illustration. 1/2 page.
A cherub walks up a set of steps and holds onto a tree trunk. The cherub holds a bow out with his free hand and has a quiver of arrows slung over his shoulder. An owl perches on one of the tree’s branches. A target with a heart carved into it hangs from the branch. A crown of leaves hangs below the tree. There is a building up the steps, high on a hill in the distance. 1/4 page.
A woman walks up a set of steps while reading from a scroll. She wears a robe, a cape, and a crown of leaves. There is a tree behind her. A cherub walks up the steps behind her. He carries a bow in one hand and arrows in the other. 1/4 page.
A cherub stands on the edge of a cliff. The cherub is nude, but one of his wings crosses over his lower body. The cherub holds a bow with one hand and pulls his other hand back, having just launched an arrow. A quiver filled with arrows lies on the cliff next to the cherub’s feet. The cherub is placed in the top-left corner of the page; lines spread across the top of the page, tracing the path of the launched arrow, which moves towards the right side of the illustration. At the right side of the illustration, multiple arrows pierce a target with a heart carved into it. The target hangs from a tree, and some of the arrows also pierce the tree trunk. An owl perches above the target and looks down upon it while holding a plant in its beak. 1/4 page.
An owl flies from the top-right to the top-left corner of the page. 1/32 page.
A woman sits on a chair and holds one hand to her breast while looking down toward the ground. A scroll drops to the ground from her right hand. A cherub lies across the back of her chair and wraps his arm around her neck. The cherub holds a crown of leaves out with his left hand. A target with a heart carved into it lies on the ground near the woman’s feet. The target is pierced with an arrow. Leaves extend behind the chair. This scene appears in the top-right corner of the page. Below the scene, in the bottom-right corner of the page, there is a lit torch. It emits smoke, which rises up the right side of the page and surrounds the woman’s chair. 1/4 page.
A scholar’s cap lies upside down and is filled with scraps of paper. There is a ring of flowers laid on the brim of the cap. Books, some of which are opened, surround the cap. These objects all lie on top of a robe which is spread out on the ground. 1/8 page.
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