Feb 1, 2010

Rub-a-Dub- Dub

Three men in a tub,
And how do you think they got there?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick-maker,
They all jumped out of a rotten potato,
'Twas enough to make a man stare.

Well, I'm sure that wasn't the version that I recall from childhood, but it sounds pretty funny (at least it has a "t'was" in it!). These chaps have beer tankards on the supposition that "tub" is rhyming Cockney for "Pub." I don't know whether this is finished yet, or I'll work on it a wee bit more. I have a feeling I'll dig up some more Nursery Rhymes. Oh the joy of being a kid, if not in the heart, but in the brain.....


  1. Very nice Andrew, I love this nursury rhyme. I did a redwork version of it on a quilt for my grandson, minus the tankards of course. Guess I really never thought of the pub and tub thing, interesting thought though

  2. Boy, do they look out of their element, lost at sea! Love this and your take on the rhyme. Could do a "fractured fairy tale" run at nursery rhymes...hmmm.

  3. Having so much fun following your blog!
    It keeps the winter walls away. :)

  4. Heehee, love this Andrew! Never heard the part about the rotten potato though....kid's illo is the best! Also enjoyed the two versions of your focused piece too.

  5. Aha thanks very much. I'm sorry I haven't been looking at any one's work, but I will get a chance tommorow afternoon and am looking forward to it! There are so many good ilustrators aren't there.

    I looked up the nursery rhyme on Wiki. It's amazing what is there, people have done the hard research for you - as far as tub and pub and the rotten potato.

    Who would have thought?

    Thanks again for the kind interest.



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