the picture of

the picture of something

a very good representation of a condition or an attitude Except for a little arthritis, my mother is the picture of health. He seemed the picture of confidence.
See also: of, picture
References in classic literature ?
All these are not only incorrect, but the picture of the Mysticetus or Greenland whale (that is to say, the Right whale), even Scoresby, a long experienced man as touching that species, declares not to have its counterpart in nature.
It immediately suggested the picture of two people sitting alone over the fire; the man was reading, the woman sewing.
It is in this poem that we have the picture of Oliver's old schoolmaster which I have already given you.
It was here that he had spent his boyhood; barely an hour ago the two men had stood before the picture of his father.
With mournful pleasure she now lingered over these images, repelling with horror only the last one, the picture of his death, which she felt she could not contemplate even in imagination at this still and mystic hour of night.
They put the picture of themselves with their camera at the bottom of their poster, and included their name as photographer.