Agnes Miller Parker

Catte and Chyken (for 'The Fables of Esope')

About this artwork

Over a period of three years, Miller Parker created 37 engraved illustrations for the fine art book ‘The Fables of Esope’ including this print. The book was published by Gregynog Press in 1931. Miller Parker’s book illustrations were based on Aesop’s ancient moralistic fables which have been collected and published for centuries. Her illustrations were accompanied by large pictorial initials designed by her husband, the printer William McCance (1894–1970). The artist took inspiration for her illustrations from William Caxton’s ‘The Fables of Aesop’ (1484), the first printed version of Aesop’s fables in English. This print illustrates the fable ‘Catte and Chyken’, in which a chicken tries but fails to stop a cat eating him, a stark reminder that an evil creature will never change his ways.

  • title:
    Catte and Chyken (for 'The Fables of Esope')
  • accession number:
    GMA 465
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  • materials:
    Wood engraving on paper (6/12)
  • date created:
    Dated 1931
  • measurements:
    12.00 x 12.80 cm (paper 28.80 x 19.80 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1949
  • copyright:
    © The Artist's Estate

Agnes Miller Parker

Agnes Miller Parker