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  • Place of origin:

    Europe (made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century - 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching print on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 2, box B

Physical description

An illustration depicting 'The Wolf and the Crane', a fable attributed to Aesop. The wolf is sitting to the left of the image as the crane, viewed in profile, puts its beak down his throat to retrieve a stuck fish bone. By the wolf's front legs, a dead fish lies alongside the skeletal remains of a second fish. To the right of the image stands a tree and the background landscape shows a rocky hill. In the middle-distance, viewed between the two animals, two figures in a boat can be faintly seen.

Place of Origin

Europe (made)


late 18th century - 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Etching print on paper


Height: 13.6 cm sheet (approx), Width: 22 cm sheet (approx), Height: 9.2 cm plate impression (approx), Width: 11.5 cm plate impression (approx)

Object history note

This is probably an illustration from a collection of 'Aesop's Fables'.

Historical context note

'The Wolf and the Crane' is a fable attributed to Aesop. There are a number of similar stories featuring a lion instead of a wolf, and a heron or partridge in place of the crane.

Descriptive line

Illustration depicting 'The Wolf and the Crane' fable, as attributed to Aesop, showing a crane putting its beak into a wolf's mouth. Etching print on paper. Anonymous. Late 18th-19th century.

Production Note

This is probably an illustration from a collection of 'Aesop's Fables'.


Paper; Printing ink


Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Boat; Crane; Mountain; Fish; Wolf; Tree


Prints; Animals and Wildlife


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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