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There is No Natural Religion, object 4 (Bentley a4, Erdman a4, Keynes a4)

Sector E
plate Illustration:

A nude old man leans heavily on a large staff or walking stick and looks down at a dog lying on the ground. The man's long beard cascades next to the staff. He may be bald, but perhaps with a forelock. The background landscape includes a small hill, a clump of trees on the left, and coloring in the sky on the right that may indicate clouds. A tree grows near the right margin in the foreground. One branch forms a canopy over the old man; another branch climbs along the right margin. A vine spirals around the trunk of the tree and the branch near the upper right margin. This vine continues horizontally along the top of the plate. At the vine's end, top left, sits a small human figure, perhaps playing a pipe. The very small form to the left of the figure may be a bird; there is also a bird, or a bird-like sprig of vegetation, just left of the heading number ("I").

Component (Sector D)

Keywords: male, old, nude, standing, bending forward, holding, arm bent, facing left, facing down, bald, forelock, beard, staff, walking stick

A nude old man leans heavily on a staff or walking stick. He faces left and looks down at a dog lying on the ground. The man's long beard cascades next to the staff. He may be bald, but perhaps with a forelock. His left arm is bent at the elbow, the forearm extended upward along the staff.

Component (Sector A)

Keywords: sitting, playing, facing left, pipe

A very small figure sits on a vine. He or she is probably facing to the left and may be playing a pipe.

Component (Sector CD)

Keywords: dog, lying, legs spread, facing right, facing up

A dog lies on the ground, front legs spread apart. He faces right and looks up to the old man on the right.

Component (Sector A)

Keywords: bird, wing, flying

The very small form left of the seated figure may be a flying bird with wings spread.

Component (Sector A)

Keywords: bird, wing, flying

A form just left of the heading number ("I") might be a bird rather than part of the vegetation. If so, the bird would seem to be flying with wings extended.

Component (Sector E)

Keywords: tree, branch, leaf

A tree grows near the right margin. One of its branches, bearing leaves, arches above the old man and dog. Another branch curves upward along the right margin.

Component (Sector E)

Keywords: vine, spiral, leaf

A vine spirals around the trunk of the tree and its branch near the right margin. The vine continues horizontally along the top margin of the plate, where it may bear a few leaves.

Component (Sector C)

Keywords: tree, leaf

A clump of trees fills the landscape background on the left.

Component (Sector CD)

Keywords: hill

A low hill fills the landscape to the right and left of the old man. Given the distance and perspective, this hill rises between his knees and hips.

Component (Sector CD)

Keywords: cloud

The background coloring may represent clouds.
 
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