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The Fables of Jean de la Fontaine

  • Object:

    Printing Plate

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, engraved)
    London (published)
    New York (published)

  • Date:

    1931 (engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stephen Gooden, born 1892 - died 1955 (engraver)
    William Heinemann Ltd. (publisher)
    Random House, Inc. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copperplate engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Wm. Heinemann, Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    E.922-1935

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case V, shelf 6, box F

Physical description

Original copperplate engraving for the title page to 'The Fables of Jean de la Fontaine' (Vol I.), depicting a man inside an elaborate puppet-theatre with a collection of puppets, including a cat and a clergyman. A medallion above the stage contains the title and details of the translator and engraver and a plaque on the base of the stage gives publishing details.

Place of Origin

England (probably, engraved)
London (published)
New York (published)

Date

1931 (engraved)

Artist/maker

Stephen Gooden, born 1892 - died 1955 (engraver)
William Heinemann Ltd. (publisher)
Random House, Inc. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Copperplate engraving

Dimensions

Height: 21.8 cm approx, Width: 12.8 cm approx

Descriptive line

Original copper plate for the title page to 'The Fables of Jean de la Fontaine', engraved by Stephen Gooden (1892-1955); 1931.

Production Note

See a print taken form this plate, E.924-1935.

Materials

Copper

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Cat; Clergyman; Moldings; Medallions (ornament areas); Puppets; Fan; Theatre; Theatre; Man

Categories

Prints; Tools & Equipment

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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