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The town mouse and the country mouse.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1916-1928 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morgan, Walter Jenks, born 1847 - died 1924 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Walter Jenks Morgan (1847-1924) was an illustrator and genre painter. Born at Bilston, and educated at Sir Robert Peel's School, Tamworth, Morgan moved to Birmingham and became apprenticed to a lithographer. He studied at the Birmingham School of Art and the Birmingham Society of Artists and produced illustrations for several magazines, including The Graphic and Illustrated London News. He exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy, the New Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of British Artists, and he became President of both the Birmingham Art Circle and the Midlands Art Club.

Physical description

Illustration for the fable The town mouse and the country mouse featuring two mice eating food in the country and a scene in which the two mice jump down in terror from a table laden with food at the sight of a cat.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1916-1928 (drawn)


Morgan, Walter Jenks, born 1847 - died 1924 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

The town mouse and the country mouse
Inscription in pencil on the illustration.

Scribbles in pencil on the back of the illustration.

Artist's signature in pencil on the front of the illustration.


Height: 20 cm, Width: 33 cm

Object history note

Illustration for the nursery rhyme 'The town mouse and the country mouse'.

Descriptive line

Pencil drawing by Walter Jenks Morgan illustrating the fable 'The country mouse and the town mouse', 1916-1928.


Paper; Pencil


Drawing (image making)

Subjects depicted



Books; Illustration; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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