The sheet belongs to a series of 276 drawings executed by the artist between 1729 and 1734 to illustrate the Fables of Jean de La Fontaine. Assembled in two albums, the series was published around 1755-59 after the drawings had been purchased by the collector Jean-Louis Regnard de Montenault (d. 1776). Oudry did not live to see the completed publication (see Opperman, op. cit.). Oudry did two other drawings illustrating the same fable (Opperman, op. cit., D458-9).