Anonymous
1909

Pair of manuscript allegorical Maps of the Heart, anatomically correct.

Pair of manuscript anatomically correct allegorical drawings: Map of a Woman's Heart and Map of a Man's Heart.

DESCRIPTION: Two rare manuscript pen and ink anatomically-correct heart-shaped geographical guides or allegorical maps: "Map of Man's Heart" and "Map of Woman's Heart". Both maps are attributed within circular cartouches reading "Surveyed and Drawn by HUB. Scale 2 miles = 1". 1909." This style of anatomical heart-shaped maps and some of the traits are not found anywhere online.

After similar Victorian-era maps by D.W. Kellogg & Co. of Connecticut ca. 1840. Unlike this manuscript pair of maps, the Kellogg lithographs were based on a stylized and exaggerated bi-lobed conception of the heart- the "Valentine" heart that we know today. Despite the differences in wording of traits, the theme of negative stereotypes for women is the same.

Map of Man's Heart includes large areas devoted to patience, modesty, fidelity (twice), benevolence, humanity, knowledge and love. On the other hand, the Map of Woman's Heart largely features conceit, jealousy, scandal, duplicity, deceit, fickleness and avarice among other traits. The woman's heart is pierced by the "River Tongue" and surrounded on one side by the "kleptomaniac ocean" and on the other side, the "cantankerous ocean".

Seller attributes the provenance to India "it came from a nurses friendship book, she being based in Bangalore India - her name was probably MacDonald."

CREATOR: Anonymous

PUBLICATION DATE: 1909

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: India

BODY OF WATER: None

CONDITION: Good  Misc. MS art on verso dated at 1914. Minor chipping at edges. Slightly grubby from handling.

COLORING: Hand-colored with the man's heart map on pink paper and the woman's heart on green tinted pap[er.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 6 " x 7 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 13

PRICE: $1700

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