The Wild Boar, the Sheep, and the Butcher

Samuel Howitt

Published by London, 1808
Condition: Very Good No Binding
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Samuel Howitt Original watercolor for A New Work of Animals; Principally Designed from the Fables of Aesop, Gay and Phaedrus Drawing in pen, brown ink & wash with watercolor over pencil: framed; paper size 9 x 13 London, 1808 Samuel Howitt occupies a unique position in the rich history of British sporting art. A completely self-taught artist, Howitt received a rural sportsman's upbringing in Nottinghamshire. In London he lived at the heart of the city's smartest young social set, only turning to his art seriously when he fell into financial difficulty. What followed was a productive and highly acclaimed career as a painter and illustrator of a remarkably broad range of sporting subjects. Howitt combined his sportsman's upbringing with a highly evolved and original visual style to create some of the most vibrant and engaging images from this great period of British sporting art. Samuel Howitt, interpreting Aesops fables that seem no less relevant today than they did almost three millenia ago, has infused them with a new vitality, and done so in a manner that illustrates their fundamental messages of common sense with freshness and vigor. These watercolors are engaging original works by this noted artist, who retold the ancient fables in his own remarkable visual language. Over the following pages, each watercolor is shown with the corresponding story and moral, in order to best demonstrate the artist s inventive and witty approach to illustrating these classic fables. Against an elm a Sheep was tied,/ The butcher's knife in blood was dy'd;/ The patient flock, in silent fright,/ From far beheld the horrid sight./ A savage Boar, who near them stood,/ Thus mock'd to scorn the fleecy brood:/ All cowards should be serv'd like you./ See, see, your murd'rer is in view!/ With purple hands, and reeking knife,/ He strips the skin yet warm with life:/ Your quarter'd sires, your bleeding dams,/ The dying bleat of harmless lambs,/ Call for revenge! O stupid race!/ The heart that wants revenge is base./ I grant, an ancient Ram replies,/ We bear no terror in our eyes:/ Yet think us not of soul so tame,/ Which no repeated wrongs inflame;/ Insensible of ev'ry ill,/ Because we want thy tusks to kill./ Know, those who violence pursue,/ Give to themselves the vengeance due;/ For in these massacres they find/ The two chief plagues which waste mankind:/ Our skin supplies the wrangling bar,/ It wakes their slumb'ring sons to war;/ And well revenge may rest contented,/ Since drums and parchment were invented. Bookseller Inventory # J00101c

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Title: The Wild Boar, the Sheep, and the Butcher

Publisher: London

Publication Date: 1808

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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