John Gilpin

Image features a wallpaper printed in greens, reds, browns and yellows on a glazed cream ground, illustrating scenes from the poem "The Diverting History of John Gilpin." The vignettes include Gilpin riding his horse, and highway and tavern scenes in a random arrangement, with lines from the poem accompanying each one. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
John Gilpin’s Diverting Ride
Early children’s wallpapers were designed to be educational, with many based on popular books. This wallpaper illustrates four scenes from William Cowper’s poem The Diverting History of John Gilpin written in the 1780s. The story contains some silly antics that would capture the fancy of children. The nutshell version of the tale goes like this:...