Item #19162 Original Art: "De Ox and De Frog" E. W. Kemble.
Original Art: "De Ox and De Frog"

Original Art: "De Ox and De Frog"

n.p. n.p., n.d., 1920's. Stiff card. Very good. Item #19162

An original pen and ink sketch by Edward Winsor Kemble produced for "The Youth's Companion", an early 20th century juvenile journal. The sketch 6½ by 8½ inches and with printer's marks along the bottom. Titled in pencil: "De Ox and de Frog". On the reverse is a sticker noting that the sketch has been published by The Youth's Companion as well as a notation, "Original Art".

The Tale of the Ox and the Frog appears in AEsop, also in La Fontaine and possibly in Uncle Ned's Old Tales Retold. It describes a mother frog inflating herself to the point of bursting (and in some versions beyond that point) as she imitates the size of an ox. And indeed in Kemble's sketch we se a large chested female frog standing over a mushroom table addressing two frog-children.

Cropped closely on the sides just touching the image else this is in very nice condition.

Price: $500.00

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