The Old Man his Son & his Ass.[...] Moral / Who would please all Mankind and their Praises obtain / Shews a deal of good nature, but Labours in vain.
Etching with very small margins, fine; platemark 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾").
Illustration of Aesop's fable, in which an old man and his son embark upon a journey with their ass, and in attempting to respond to all the advice and criticism they receive, end up carrying the ass, to the hilarity of the onlooking crowd. Each phase of the journey is illustrated in the background. One of several prints made during this period to illustrate this tale, with its moral that you can't please everyone.
Not in BM; for another print of the same subject see ref. 21368.
[Ref: 30781] £360.00