William Tell. Tell shooting the Apple from his Son's head.
Hand-coloured wood engraving. Image 235 x 368mm. 9¼ x 14½". Laid down.
William Tell is folk hero of Switzerland. In Altdorf, the newly appointed Austrian Vogt hung his hat in the central square demanding that all bow before it. William Tell passed by without bowing so was arrested. As his punishment, and as an expert shot with the crossbow, he was forced to shoot an apple off the head of his son to avoid execution for the both of them. Controversy over Tell's shooting led to him being bound for angering Gessler, however Tell won in the end by shooting Gessler.
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