1857 edition of Aesop's Fables
This series of colourful illustrations are from Aesop's Fables by Charles H Bennet, a prolific Victorian illustrator. Bennett transforms the animals of the original tales into comic half-man half-animal creations.
The fables all use anthropomorphism to explore ethical quandaries and different aspects of human nature – the animals depicted speak to each other and experience human emotions, and their behaviours often show them using their wit to triumph against adversity.
- Full title:
- The Fables of Æsop and others. Translated into human nature…
- estimated 1857 , London
- Book / Children's book / Illustration / Image
- Aesop , Charles H Bennett [illustrator]
- Held by:
- British Library
- Usage Terms:
- Free from known copyright restrictions
- Article by:
- Kimberley Reynolds
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- Article by:
- Martin Dubois
- Childhood and children's literature
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