John Gilpin wipes his sweaty brow with a handkerchief, 1878, (c1918). Creator: Randolph Caldecott
John Gilpin wipes his sweaty brow with a handkerchief, 1878, (c1918). John Gilpin was the subject of a comic ballad of 1782 by William Cowper entitled "The Diverting History of John Gilpin". The ballad, based on real-life character, describes how, on a journey to Edmonton (north in London), Gilpin, a draper, became separated from his wife and children after losing control of his horse, and ended up in the town of Ware, ten miles away from his intended destination. From "The Diverting History of John Gilpin", by William Cowper. [Frederick Warne and Co., London & New York, c1918]
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Mary, Queen of Scots, (1542-1587), 1937. Artist: Alexander K MacDonald
Mary, Queen of Scots, (1542-1587). Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, was queen regnant of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December 1560. Mary was a first cousin once removed to Queen Elizabeth I of England. Mary had previously claimed Elizabeth's throne as her own and in 1587 after an eighteen and a half years incarceration Elizabeth sent her to her death. From an original drawing by A. K. Macdonald. From the John Player & Sons cigarette card series 'Famous Beauties', 1937.
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