Nursery Rhyme November: Dr Foster

First published 1844 another one with different theories of origin. One theory is that the doctor was in fact William Laud, an archbishop of Canterbury; another that it refers to Edward I and the third that its actually an adaptation of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus play. Doctor Foster went to Gloucester, In a shower of rain; He stepped in a puddle, Right up to his middle, … Continue reading Nursery Rhyme November: Dr Foster

Nursery Rhyme November: Humpty Dumpty

I’ve drawn Humpty Dumpty before (previous post) but I couldn’t not cover this rhyme so it was a great excuse for another sketch – it has to be the best known and one of the most loved with the character appearing in other children’s books. The historians believe that this probably started out as a riddle but like many others it’s origins are a bit … Continue reading Nursery Rhyme November: Humpty Dumpty

Nursery Rhyme November: Hey Diddle Diddle

The rhyme is thought to date back to at least the sixteenth century and there are several theories bout its meaning. One is that refers to star consellations; another that it is about anti-clerical feelings; another that its about Catherine of Aragaon; another Catherine, wife of Peter the Great and the list goes on; I like to thinks its just a bit of nonsense to … Continue reading Nursery Rhyme November: Hey Diddle Diddle

Nursery Rhyme November: Bobby Shafto’s Gone to Sea

This is a republished blog as I covered this rhyme in November 2017. Thought to be based on a real life person from County Wicklow, Ireland.  It was used by the supporters of Robert Shatfo, an eighteenth-century member of parliament (MP)  for County Durham, a region close to where I grew up in the North East of England. For those who like a sketchbook challenge how … Continue reading Nursery Rhyme November: Bobby Shafto’s Gone to Sea