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This is an earlier print –from 1727– illustrating the same fable of yesterday’s post. The print was made by Pierre Fourdrinier after William Kent. The building in the background is Burlington’s casina at Chiswick [1].

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Part of the text is printed on the verso side of the engraving.

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Note that the snail is here sinistral, illustrated in ‘medieval style’ with ‘sheepy’ shell and an enlarged aperture from which the humanised animal emerges, with two tentacles only.

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Note:
[1] BML, inv. PD 1934.0608.5. http://to.ly/FHxJ. Also a biography of printmaker William Kent can be found here.

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