The Mountain in Labour

Ernest Griset


Wood engraving by Pannemaker

8½ x 5½ inches

Illustration for Aesop’s Fables, p.69.

A joyous image of false expectation and the human desire for drama, even though life is invariably mundane. Griset shows a gaggle of fools peering at the mountain through the latest telescopes – only to find that the mighty eminence has only given birth to a mouse. The mock-heroic effect is heightened by the contrast between the impressive diagonal formed by the telescopes and the small wiggle of the mouse’s tail.

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  • The mouse appears (upper left)
  • The watchers
  • Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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