Looking forward to checking this out, he has published a big coffee table book all about bass. He apparently has over 200 basses and got the bug to research and write about some of them.
Looks like an illustration from The Revenge of Squirrel Nutkin, a Beatrix Potter story wherein Mr. Owl gets his comeuppance for daring to take the tail of Master Nutkin. Little did Owl know that the bass in and of its own could be a deadly instrument of revenge. Should be turned into the b-side of How the Hare Lost his Specatacles!