This image from the American Antiquarian Society has been making the rounds on tumblr. It is a very pretty image, but I think many of the posts are overlooking the fact that it is a very cynical, anti-woman image. More space is given to vanity than discretion and good sense combined. Coquetry, which implies selfishness and a lack of morals, takes up as much space as all of the good qualities a woman might possess. Selfishness covers a large area, but selflessness is entirely absent. There is a Sea of Wealth, a river of Drain the Purse, and a river of Willful Waste. Although a small region is devoted to platonic affection, motherly and familial love are entirely absent. The drawing says women are untrustworthy, manipulative, shallow, and selfish.
The drawing is credited to “a lady,” but it seems unlikely a woman created it. The lithographer, David Wright Kellogg, would have been in his late 20s to mid 30s at the time of publication and likely still single. He married later in life and had two daughters. Somehow I doubt this is the image he hung in the parlor.