03 September 2010

Humpty Dumpty and the Cravat: Porcelains and Peacocks Celebrates One Year

Porcelains and Peacocks celebrates one year with an unbirthday. The word was coined by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) in Through the Looking Glass when Humpty Dumpty wears a cravat that was given to him as an "urn-birthday" present. Alice is shown with Humpty in the 1955 illustration by Roberta Paflin. Cravats are believed to have originated in seventeenth century Croatia. The earliest visual recording of the fashion is a 1622 portrait of the Baroque Croatian poet Ivan Gundulić (1589 - 1636). Humpty-Dumpty of the nursery rhyme was actually the nickname of a large cannon that figured in the English Civil War (1642-1649). The Royalist fort of Colchester was protected by the cannon which was positioned on a high wall. During the siege by the Parliamentarians the wall was damaged and Humpty Dumpty fell to the ground. The Royalists, "All the King's Men" tried to raise the cannon to another part of the wall but it was too heavy and they could not put Humpty-Dumpty together again. American W. W. Denslow depicted the rhyme in his 1901 Mother Goose.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you Columnist, it has been a fun year! Best, Kendra

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  2. Happy Birthday! I did not know that about Humpty-Dumpty.... Just where do you find these things? :)

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  3. Thank you Author, I'm on this nursery rhyme kick right now. It must be in reaction to the crazy world around us. ;-)

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  4. good un day to you. I always find a new morsel under the porcelain here. pgt

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  5. Thank you, PGT, I hope you are having a lovely long weekend. Best, Kendra

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  6. Happy un-birthday!
    Cravats and cannons! I love it!
    All the best, and congratulations on your blog anniversary! It is a spectacular blog.

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  7. Dear Mme Peacock, A very be-lated congratulations on your special un-day. From cravats to canons, you always do manage to tie it all together in the most original way with each post. You are always a delight!

    (my apologies for the late note - i have technical difficulties even with comments it seems)

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  8. Dear Mme Style, Thank you so much for your congratulations! It is always a delight to receive a bon mot from you. No need for apologies, I often suffer from technical problems. Best, Kendra

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