Each image features a beautiful and fashionable young woman engaged in a pursuit that is appropriate for the month represented: March finds her in the orangery pruning fruit trees ready for the spring; in April she is outside broadcasting seed; the heat of August finds her resting in the shade, her clothes loosened, taking a cooling drink; in September, she enjoys the fruits of the early harvest; October and she toasts the wine harvest, in November, she pauses during a day spent hunting.
In addition to personifying each month, each image includes a reference to the applicable sign of the zodiac: sometimes these are straight-forward as, for instance, in December where the image includes a discarded piece of paper with a sea-goat (for Capricorn) on it. At other times the symbolism is less overt: Sagittarius, the archer centaur is implied by the entire hunting scene; the twin figures holding aloft a basket of flowers represent Gemini (the twins) in the image for May.
Overall this series offers the unusual combination of real rarity, excellent condition and a strong series of images that can be enjoyed on many levels and are suitable for many different locations.
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