Ladybug, Ladybug, Paper Quilt, (Paper, Ink &Thread) 10" x 12" (Mahogany Brown Wood Frame Measures 12" x 14")
From The Bedtime Stories Series: This rhyme may have been chanted by farmers before they burnt their
fields following harvest, because they valued the ladybird’s help in reducing
the level of harmful pests and wanted to warn them of the danger.
Another interpretation is that the English word ladybird is a derivative of the Catholic term “ Our Lady”. The tradition of calling this rhyme was believed to have been used as a seemingly innocent warning cry to Catholic (recusants) who refused to attend Protestant services as required by the Act of Uniformity (1559 & 1662). Since this law forbade priests to say Mass and forbade communicants to attend it, services were held secretly in open fields. If caught, laymen were subject to jail and heavy fines and priests to being burnt alive at the stake or, hung, drawn and quartered. The most famous English recusants were Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot Conspirators.
The first publication date was 1865 and the word Ladybird.