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The design shown here occupies the top part of a page in Visions of the Daughters of Albion. It illustrates lines from an earlier page: 'Why does my Theotormon sit weeping upon the threshhold: / And Oothoon hovers by his side, perswading him in vain:'. In the frontispiece, shown above, the female Oothoon can also be seen, with her lover Theotormon crouched in despair. In the book the daughters of Albion - the women of England - are described as 'enslav'd' and weeping. This sentiment can be associated with Mary Wollstonecraft's book A Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792.

October 2001