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

Remembering Those Lost

Thought I’d take a break from Nursery Rhymes given the importance of the date. I’ve shared war poems in a few of my previous blog posts – Robert Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen; Rupert Brooke’s The Soldier; John McCrae’s In Flanders Field and Philip Larkin’s MCMXIV.  I’ve also tried very unsuccessfully to draw poppies so thought I’d do the same the poem is by Alan … Continue reading Remembering Those Lost

Nursery Rhyme November: Goosey Goosey Gander

Goosey goosey gander, Whither shall I wander? Upstairs and downstairs And in my lady’s chamber. There I met an old man Who wouldn’t say his prayers, So I took him by his left leg And threw him down the stairs Most theories seem to agree that this is based on the priest holes built into the homes of Catholics during the Tudor period where Catholic … Continue reading Nursery Rhyme November: Goosey Goosey Gander