The Frogs desiring a king

Ernest Griset


Wood engraving by Pannemaker

8½ x 5½ inches

Illustration for Aesop’s Fables, p.69.

An illustration to the story of the frogs who desire a better king – only to be sent a stork, who gobbles them up. Griset dramatizes Aesop’s tale with visceral and horrifying intensity, visually conveying the idea that the grass is always greener.

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  • The frog being swallowed
  • The frogs below
  • Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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