The Lion and the Mouse

This painting is based on Aesop’s fable with the moral that even the smallest can help the most mighty and everyone has need of the other.

“The Lion and the Mouse” – Acrylic on Canvas, 10” x 8” x 0.75” – Original Sold – Prints available here.

Sounds from the scurrying of a small Mouse awaken a great lion. The Lion who was enjoying his most pleasant dreams became enraged and threatened to eat the poor Mouse.

The mouse begs forgiveness and makes the point that such unworthy prey would bring the lion no honor. 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.


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