The Fox and the Grapes

Ernest Griset


Wood engraving by Pannemaker

8½ x 5½ inches

Illustration for Aesop’s Fables, p.101.

Griset’s cartoon figures are sometimes placed within decorative patterns. In the present design, which shows the fox greedily scrutinizing the unattainable grapes, the artist focuses on the swirling forms of the vegetation, making it seem both a trap and a temptation; significantly, there is a large spider’s web tucked within the tendrils.

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  • Grapes and leaves (upper left)
  • The three foxes
  • Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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