The Country Mouse and the City Mouse by Stephanie Smith

Photographic Prints

Available to buy on…

The Country Mouse and the City Mouse by 

This pair come from the classic fable from Aesop:

The country mouse had a visit from his cousin from the big city, who was very dismissive of the simple country life. “Come stay with me in the city and see how well you can really live!” the city mouse said. So the country mouse went with him to the fine townhouse where rare delicacies were served on silver platters. Just when the country mouse was thinking that his cousin had the right way of it, the homeowner’s dogs came charging into the room and the mice had to run for their lives. Realizing that the constant terror was the price his cousin paid to live in the lap of luxury, the country mouse ran all the way back to his humble but peaceful country home.

This image is one of many story images of birds and animals featured in my calendar Legendary Tales: Myths and Legends

Ink drawing with digital color.

Stephanie Smith is an illustrator and graphic designer who loves to draw.

View Full Profile


  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 5 years ago

    OMG Stephanie- I love these illustrations, astonishingly beautiful and classical. You know I love Arthur Rackham and those types of work- I think you are BETTER than even my heroes of illustration- BRAVO !!!! xxxxxx

  • Wow, Anita, thank you soooo much! Your words really mean a lot to me! :) :) :) (especially since I tend to focus on all the details I didn’t get quite right… lol!)

    – Stephanie Smith

  • linskudd
    linskuddabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous. You have given the mice a pertness and endearing quality. I love your illustrations. Even the knife serves as a reminder that city living is not so easy! ;o)) Excellent – love them both.

  • Thank you so much, Lindsay!

    (My mother-in-law thinks the knife is too scary, but I agree with you!)

    – Stephanie Smith

  • Edzie
    Edzieabout 5 years ago

    Awesome. Just brilliant!

  • Thank you, Wayne!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • GemmaWiseman
    GemmaWisemanabout 5 years ago

    Love the expressions on these little guys faces! But I think, most of all, I love the beautiful colour tones ~ almost just tints ~ in the drawings.

  • Thanks Gemma! When I make giclee prints on watercolor paper, the colors are even softer and it looks like a watercolor-tinted etching. I’ll have to see if I have a good photo of them to post…

    – Stephanie Smith

    BLYTHARTabout 5 years ago

    I agree with anita. I just bought a book of Arthur Rackham’s illustrations last week, as I have admired his work for many years. You are a worthy successor and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

  • I always loved Rackhams’ work (even before I knew who he was) so it really humbles me to be compared to him. Thanks so much, Dave!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • redladyart
    redladyartabout 5 years ago

    You’re very talented! Great detail in your work. :)

  • Thanks Sharon!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • Robert David Gellion
    Robert David G...about 5 years ago

    Great great great.Top illustrations.You should be a national treasure and your work shown in universities to show how it is done.Telling a story with line & wash.

  • As they say: from your lips to God’s ear, Rob! :) Thanks so much!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 5 years ago

    wow, what great talent you have!! brilliant work!

  • Thank you Karin, I could say the same to you… in fact, I think I will! :)

    – Stephanie Smith

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • Aimelle
    Aimelleabout 5 years ago

    another absolutely awesome illustration ! and I like the muted colors.

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.