The Tortoise Falling

The Tortoise Falling

Richard Heighway

Photomechanical reproduction of pen and ink drawing.

2¼ inches, diameter

Joseph Jacobs,The Fables of Aesop, p.112.

Tortoise, having asked for a lift (quite literally), is betrayed by the birds who see him as a pleasant meal. Eagles in the southern Mediterranean drop tortoises onto hard rocks as thrushes drop snails onto stones in Britain. Tortoise is shown here falling to his death.

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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