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Stephen Frederick Gooden, C.B.E., R.E., R.A. 1892-1955.

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The Acorn and the Pumpkin. 1927. Line engraving. 6 3/16 x 3 1/2 (sheet 10 1/8 x 6 1/8). Edition 525 in the book printing (there were 15 pre-publication proofs). Series: Fables of La Fontaine. As published in the 1931 Heinemann edition of La Fontaine, translated by Sir Edward Marsh, volume II. Printed on cream wove paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Unsigned. $95.

Forrest Reid writes of the Fables of La Fontaine "...to my mind, the most striking plate of all is The Acorn and the Pumpkin -- one of Gooden's happiest inspirations. The beautiful drawing of the oak-tree under which the satyr-like peasant reclines, the drawing of the hands and of the loose clothing, in fact of every detail, and the bold simplicity of the pattern, place this picture among bis best." Print Collector's Quarterly 19 (1932): 69.

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