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Helen Ward 'Pot Luck: in which a wolf's cunning is his own downfall' 2004 From ink, watercolour and gouache illustration From Unwitting Wisdom: an Anthology of Aesop's animal fables Published by Templar, London National Art Library Pressmark: 60.MM.57

Helen Ward 'Pot Luck: in which a wolf's cunning is his own downfall' 2004 From ink, watercolour and gouache illustration From Unwitting Wisdom: an Anthology of Aesop's animal fables Published by Templar, London National Art Library Pressmark: 60.MM.57

The National Art Library has a large collection of illustrated Aesop's Fables dating from the 15th century to the present day. The following extract is taken from The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs (London: Macmillan & Co., 1894),  accompanied by a selection of images from the Library's collection.

'A Wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. But one day it found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so it put it on over its own pelt and strolled down among the sheep.

The Lamb that belonged to the sheep, whose skin the Wolf was wearing, began to follow the Wolf in the Sheep's clothing; so, leading the Lamb a little apart, he soon made a meal off her, and for some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty meals. Appearances are deceptive.'


John Vernon Lord, 'The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing', illustrated from wood-engravings, from 'Aesop's Fables, retold in verse by James Mitchie', 1989. Published by Jonathan Cape, London. National Art Library Pressmark: 60.HH.46

John Vernon Lord, 'The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing', illustrated from wood-engravings, from 'Aesop's Fables, retold in verse by James Mitchie', 1989. Published by Jonathan Cape, London. National Art Library Pressmark: 60.HH.46

'Le Loup Sous la Peau d'une Brebis' (The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing), etching after Francis Barlow, from 'Fables d'Ésope', about 1790. Published by Henri Remoissenet, Paris. National Art Library Pressmark: 60.Z.272

'Le Loup Sous la Peau d'une Brebis' (The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing), etching after Francis Barlow, from 'Fables d'Ésope', about 1790. Published by Henri Remoissenet, Paris. National Art Library Pressmark: 60.Z.272

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