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"Base, Rough Cleverness and Agility Pay Close Attention"

An original illustration made for Lavater's Physiognomisches Lexicon.

 

Caption:

 

Prüfendes Horchen gemeiner roher Klugheit und Gewandtheit

 

Stirn, Augen, Mund, Kinn zeigen was Rohes, Derbes, Hartes;

Die Nase was Kleinliches, [pfiffiges?]; Im Mund ist auch etwas von dieser pfiffigen Gewandheit.

Die Augen sind scharfhorchend, mistraurischtauernd, und lassen sich nichts entwischen.

Das breite Kinn ist zum Nachgeben nicht leicht beredbar, so wenig als es zäntlicher Liebe empfänglich ist.

 

Base, Rough Cleverness and Agility Pay Close Attention

 

Forehead, eyes, mouth, chin show something rough, coarse, hard;

The nose something petty, clever; In the mouth is also something of this clever agility.

The eyes are sharply watchful, mistrustful, and don’t let themselves give anything away.

The broad chin is, in its slope, not easily accessible, as little susceptible as it is to gentle love.

 

Call No.: BF 847.L31 FLAT FOLIO

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Taken on November 22, 2010