Illustrated Aesop's Fables, 1857


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

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