DescriptionCharles-Nicolas Cochin (French, 1715-1790)
The miller, his son and the donkey, after Oudry's The Fables of La Fontaine, 1755-1759
Pencil on paper laid on board
9-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches (24.8 x 19.7 cm)
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By Charles-Nicolas Cochin, after Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755), Fables de La Fontaine, circa 1755.
This is the preparatory drawing for the engraving, hence the reversal of image.
Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Younger was commissioned by Jean-Louis Regnard de Montenault to make copies of each of Jean-Baptiste Oudry's 275 drawings illustrating Jean de La Fontaine's famous work. These drawings were then used by engravers to produce four volumes of the fables in the years between 1755 - 1759. The purpose of the fable "The Miller, his Son and the Donkey" was to show that everyone has their own opinion and there is no way to satisfy them all. The present work depicts the son riding the donkey who is berated because he forces his elderly father to walk, however later in the story the father also comes under criticism when he rides and his young son trudges behind.
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