Aesop (c. 620A?i?564 BC). Ancient Greek fabulist. Aesop's
Aesop (c. 620A?i?564 BC). Ancient Greek fabulist credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Engraving of french edition. Paris, 1801. Colored.
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Manuscript with story about a dog and a wolf
Page from an illustrated manuscript with a story entitled The Dog and the Wolf, in a collection of fables by Ulrich Boner, Der Edelstein The Precious Stone), completed circa 1349, and printed in 1461. Date: 15th century
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The Cock with Two Wives by George Ranstead
Second in a series of six drawings depicted the Aesop Fable about the man with two wives but acted out by chickens instead. In this picture, one wife objects to the husband's white feathers, and the objects to his black feathers. Drawn on a postcard by George Ranstead, an amateur artist of the Great War who served in the Army Pay Corps. Ranstead was one of many soldiers of WWI who took up drawing as a hobby. His subjects range from wartime humour to pictures of pretty girls and are clearly influenced by images in the illustrated magazines of the period.
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