Old King Cole children’s book illustration


Old King ColeOld King Cole is a British nursery rhyme first penned in 1708. There is much speculation about the identity of King Cole, but it’s unlikely he can be identified reliably as any historical figure.

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.
Every fiddler he had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he;
Oh there’s none so rare, as can compare,
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.

When I began the sketches for this piece, King Cole was human and so were his fiddlers. But, the longer I looked at it, the less happy I was with the ordinariness of it. So, Old King Cole morphed into a lion and his fiddles became 3 musically inclined mice.

I hope you like it.