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Two mothers with crying babies and one in a walking frame; comparing the human infant's helplessness with the self-sufficiency of newborn animals. Engraving by P. Galle, c. 1563.

  • Galle, Philippe, 1537-1612.
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The baby in the bottom-right hand corner moves in a walking frame, holding a small mannequin. One baby holds a toy and is being helped to walk, another is being fed, and two others cry. Animals graze peacefully in the background


[Antwerp] : Philipp Galle, [1563?]

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1 print : line engraving ; platemark 18.4 x 24.2 cm


Ingeritur mansum, incessum docet illa, loquelæ/ Os homini hæc format naturæ ut sponte nihil quá/ Fleresciat, sine doctrina, cum cætera cuncta/ Mox penna utantur, cursu, liquidoqúe natatu ...

Lettering note

Lettering repeated in Dutch and French; the latter reads: "Le beste court, le poisson nage & vlotte/ Et l'oyseau scait sans quelque ayde voler:/ Mais rien propre à l'homme est que le pleurer/ Car sans l'apprendre il ne mange ou ne trotte"
Bears number: 2


Wellcome Library no. 26283i


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