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The Town Mouse/Country Mouse Project


The fables of Aesop paraphras'd in verse

Another one which is notable for detail alone. Wenceslaus Hollar was a 17th century etcher. His etchings from this particular work (which is in very good condition) are remarkably crisp and clear. If you look at the larger version of this plate, you'll see that the foodstuffs mentioned in this version of the fable are drawn in very good detail: we see various forms of poultry, hocks of ham, large wheels of cheese, and I think a large pie. A food historian would have great fun with this image.

As a side-note, the variant this artwork is drawn from is also quite detailed in its description, not just its illustration. You can see a lengthier explanation here.