Hey Diddle Diddle, Paper Quilt, (Paper, Ink & Thread) 10" x 12" (Mahogany Brown Wood Frame Measures 12" x 14")
From The Bedtime Stories Series: Some
believe Hey Diddle Diddle is just a fantasy rhyme designed to delight children
with impossible images such “the cow jumped over the Moon”! The term ‘Hey
diddle diddle’ can be found in the works of Shakespeare and was a colloquialism
used in much the same vein as “hey nonny no” which can be found in traditional
English folk ballads.
However, the rhyme has been connected to Elizabeth I and the elaborate charades she oversaw at Whitehall and Hampton Court. The “little dog” may be Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (1532? - 1588) and Elizabeth’s suitor she referred to as “her little lap dog”. “The Dish” is the formal title given to the honoured courtier who carries the golden dishes into the state dining room. The dish may have been Edward, Earl of Hertford who secretly married Lady Katherine Grey, great niece of Henry VIII. When their marriage was discovered, they were both confined to the Tower of London where they lived for 7 years and raised two children.