'Reynard the Fox' Illustrations by Wilhelm von Kaulbach
The childrens book Reynard the Fox ('Reineke Fuchs') was very popular in the 19th century in Germany, France and Holland. The allegorical tales stretched the roots back to Aesop's Fables and emerged again in the 12th century. The famous German writer Wolfgang von Goethe adapted the medieval reading of Reynard the Fox and created the poem 'Reinecke Fuchs'. Wilhelm von Kaulbach, the German artist, produced a set of steel engravings for the 1846 edition.