Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"QUADRUPEDS" AND AESOP'S FABLES

I mentioned in my post titled "Quadrupeds and Source Prints," http://dishynews.blogspot.com/2013/05/quadrupeds-and-source-prints.html,  that the engravers for John Hall's "Quadrupeds" copied patterns from books on natural history.  They also copied engravings that Samuel Howitt (1756-1822) made for a book of Aesop's Fables.  The only example of this that I have found so far is on the 9.75 inch soup plate that features a Tibetian (sic) musk deer in the center.

"Quadrupeds" 9.75 inch soup plate with a musk deer at the center

The musk deer is, however, copied from "The Cabinet of Quadrupeds" by John Church (refer to the above link to learn more about this book), but all of the border vignettes illustrate a fable by Aesop.

First, we will look at the center pattern.  The animal has been confused with a llama, but it is actually a Tibetian musk deer.  The things coming out of its mouth are small tusks.  Obviously, it is native of Tibet. 
"Quadrupeds" center pattern, "Tibetian Musk"

"Tibetian Musk" source print for the "Quadrupeds" soup plate, engraved for "The Cabinet of Quadrupeds" by John Church, 1805
 
Located in the top cartouche is an illustration from the fable "The Stag in the Lion's Den."  Next, moving clockwise,  are "The Fighting Bulls and the Frogs," "The Fox and the Tiger," and "The Horse and the Wild Boar."  All are copied from Samuel Howitt's engravings.  All illustrate a fable by Aesop.

"Quadrupeds" border cartouche, "The Stag in the Lion's Den"

"The Stag in the Lion's Den" engraved by Samuel Howitt

"Quadrupeds" border cartouche, "The Fighting Bulls and the Frogs"

"The Fighting Bulls and the Frogs" engraved by Samuel Howitt

"Quadrupeds" border cartouche, "The Fox and the Tiger"

"The Fox and the Tiger" engraved by Samuel Howitt

"Quadrupeds" cartouche "The Horse and the Wild Boar"

"The Horse and the Wild Boar" engraved by Samuel Howitt

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