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The Fox And The Goat poster - La Fontaine Fables print - French Illustration - 1952

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The Fox And The Goat poster - La Fontaine Fables print - French Illustration - 1952

Size: 9.2" x 12.5" approx. / 23 x 31 cm approx

A beautiful illustration from a Fable of Jean de la Fontaine.
Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695) was one of the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages.

The Fox And The Goat

A fox once journey'd, and for company
A certain bearded, horned goat had he;
Which goat no further than his nose could see.
The fox was deeply versed in trickery.
These travellers did thirst compel
To seek the bottom of a well.
There, having drunk enough for two,
Says fox, 'My friend, what shall we do?
'Tis time that we were thinking
Of something else than drinking.
Raise you your feet upon the wall,
And stick your horns up straight and tall;
Then up your back I'll climb with ease,
And draw you after, if you please.'
'Yes, by my beard,' the other said,
''Tis just the thing. I like a head
Well stock'd with sense, like thine.
Had it been left to mine,
I do confess,
I never should have thought of this.'
So Renard clamber'd out,
And, leaving there the goat,
Discharged his obligations
By preaching thus on patience:--
'Had Heaven put sense thy head within,
To match the beard upon thy chin,
Thou wouldst have thought a bit,
Before descending such a pit.
I'm out of it; good bye:
With prudent effort try
Yourself to extricate.
For me, affairs of state
Permit me not to wait.'

Whatever way you wend,
Consider well the end.

This page is in great condition and would be exquisite framed up or used in a special collage. You can see an example of how it will look with a standard mat in photo 2.
Please note that I only sell the print, NOT the mat.

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The Fox And The Goat poster - La Fontaine Fables print - French Illustration - 1952


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: paper, ephemera
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