The Monkey and the Dolphin (c.1868) by Gustave Doré

The Monkey and the Dolphin (c.1868) by Gustave Doré

The Monkey and the Dolphin (c.1868) by Gustave Doré (1832-1883), French artist, printmaker, illustrator & sculptor. Wood engraving – via The Met Museum.

A scene from the book: Fontaine’s Fables. The fables of Jean de La Fontaine were issued in several volumes, 1668-1694 and are considered classics of French literature. There are 239 fables in total. When he first wrote his Fables, La Fontaine had an adult audience in mind, but they came to be regarded as providing an excellent education in morals for children. Do we have a modern equivalent? Moral fables?

 

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