A mountain, representing the battle of Mons (Bergen), giving birth to a mouse (representing the French army) which is killed by a man representing the Grand Alliance. Etching attributed to A. Allard, 1709.
- Allard, Abraham, 1676?-1725.
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The mountain (A) is labelled "Bergen Mons". Left a midwife holding forceps (1, "Vroedvrow, Sage femme") and a man-midwife holding a hook (3, "Vroedmeester, Docteur de la sage femme") with (right) his assistant (5, "Vroedmeesters assistent"), holding a paper referring to the Duc de Bouflers. The mouse (2) is labelled "Franse macht", and the man attacking it (4) is a soldier of the Alliance ("Krygsman der Geallierde")
Based on the fable of the mountain in labour by Aesop and on the verse derived from it ("Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus"), in the Ars poetica by Horace (Q. Horatius Flaccus), v. 139