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The engravings to AESOP by Agnes Miller Parker

Originally related orally, Aesop’s Fables are survivals of folk story-telling that have been collected and published through manuscript and printed versions right down to the present day. The fables, short, energetic, stories with an unmistakable moral, have for centuries provided a microcosm of the world, describing and dissecting human nature and motives with the desired end of improving human conduct and character - in both the powerful and powerless.

In the early thirties the artist Agnes Miller Parker (1895-1980) engraved her outstanding illustrations to the fables for the famous Gregynog private press’s edition of Caxton's Esope (originally published in 1484) and forty of these prints, printed directly from the wood block, together with a small collection of work by other artists from the 19th century to the present day have been collected together for this elegant show.

Traditionally the pictorial depiction of fables has been artistically conventional - artists largely following their predecessors' ideas across the ages - but Agnes Miller Parker's prints show an originality of interpretation that gave the tales a fresh costume for the Twentieth century and for all times.

Exhibition Specifications

40 frames [34x42cm] of woodengraved prints from The ables of Esope published by the Gregynog Press (1931) illustrated by Agnes Miller Parker and printed from the original wood blocks together with a small selection of other illustrators of Aesop.

Exhibition graphic panel (A1)

Small selection (11) of books, 1722-1997, for display

Professionally designed poster supplied in pdf format to be adapted for printing by venue.

Prints will be for sale.

Gallery Requirements

22 running meters.


Exhibitions require patrolling during opening hours and a comprehensive alarm system & secure premises at night

Hiring Fee

£150/week for a minimum of three weeks.

Transport Costs

Venues to arrange forward transport or take advantage of an inclusive transport tariff whichever is preferred.


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