Ron Embleton (biography)Medium:
Mixed Media on PaperSize:
17" x 22" (420mm x 550mm)Date:
1984This is the unique original Mixed Media art by Ron Embleton.
This is the original painting by Ron Embleton used to illustrate the book Aesop's Fables, retold by Lornie Leete-Hodge (Dean, London, 1985).
The Lion and the Mouse is one of Aesop's Fables, numbered 150 in the Perry Index. There are also Eastern variants of the story, all of which demonstrate mutual dependence regardless of size or status. In the Renaissance the fable was provided with a sequel condemning social ambition.
In the oldest versions, a lion threatens a mouse that wakes him from sleep. The mouse begs forgiveness and makes the point that such unworthy prey would bring the lion no honour. The lion then agrees and sets the mouse free. Later, the lion is netted by hunters. Hearing it roaring, the mouse remembers its clemency and frees it by gnawing through the ropes.
The moral of the story is that mercy brings its reward and that there is no being so small that it cannot help a greater.
This original painting is from the Ron Embleton family collection.