The Three Jovial Huntsmen, by Randolph Caldecott
In 1880 Randolph Caldecott further popularized
this centuries-old song with his illustrations
to a delightful Lancashire dialect version, "The Three Jovial
Here is a typical verse:
"They hunted, an' they hollo'd, an' the next
thing they did find
Was a bull-calf in a pin-fold, an' that, too, they left behind.
Look ye there!
One said it was a bull-calf, an' another he said "Nay;
It's just a painted jackass, that has never learnt to bray."
Look ye there!"
The two pictures on the right are from
- The original edition, published by George Routledge & Sons, and
- One of the later reprints, published by Frederick Warne & Co.
Purists prefer the original - but it's doubtful whether our scanner and
computer-screens do justice to either version!
To view another picture from this book, reproduced by Warnes on a Postcard,