A FEMALE AT HER DEVOTIONS.
Costume near Florence.
LOVE generally ends with women in devotion-the warmth of heart, and the constant want of protection felt by all the sex, make the passion of love, and the clinging to God, the main springs in the plot of female life.
In Italy, the young and the old alike frequent the churches; but men are seen comparatively seldom, while women form the crowd before the altar.
Source: “Sketches Illustrative of the Manners and Costumes of France, Switzerland and Italy, by Richard Bridgens. London. Baldwin, Cradock & Joy. 1821.Text by J.W. Polidori. London. Baldwin, Cradock & Joy. 1821.