Elizabeth Winspear — artist

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Winspear, Elizabeth
[Metamorphosis book]
Elizabeth Winspear, possibly a young woman of New England, boldly painted this harlequinade or metamorphosis, the earliest form of what we now call a movable book. With verse and images, Winspear instructs the reader on each leaf of her flap book to “turn down the leaf and see.” The book culminates with life’s final transformation: “O see, O see, thou art but dust, Thy gold &amp silver is but rust. Thy time is gone. Thy hour is spent. No worldly care can death prevent.”
Winspear, Elizabeth, [Metamorphosis book], 1799, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed March 04, 2021, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4075


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