Happy to Meat, Sorry to Part
April 01, 2013
The "Fool" atop this blog is a cropped and flipped version of Touchstone, from As You LIke It. The illustration is by John Pettie, engraved by Charles Cousen, and appears in the two-volume Imperial Edition of the Works of Shakespeare, published in London between 1873 and 1876.
Here it is in its entirety:
In observance of April Fools' Day, I was searching for additional illustrations of my blog's motley namesake, when I stumbled upon a remarkable repurposing of Pettie's picture.
Here, via the Boston Public Library, a worldy wise and mercenary Touchstone, smitten with the shepherdess Audrey, sells out to the canned meat firm of Libby, McNeill & Libby: