La Fontaine based many of his fables off of Aesop's tales. La Fontaine also took it a step further and used his fables as characterizations of the French ruling class and religious leaders of his time. Many of his allusions are lost to us and not known.
J.J. Grandville was another Frenchmen who liked to poke stabs at those in charge and used many of his drawings as politically commentary of his time. His illustrations are entertaining and full of wit even to this day.
These 8x10 full size digital download illustrations are available in both png and jpg formats. What a marvelous way to add French shabby chic elements to your surroundings.
The Eagle and The Magpie on ArtFire
The Eagle and The MagPie on Etsy