The Three Jovial Huntsmen

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The three jovial huntsmen

The Three Jovial Huntsmen (1880) was a popular British picture book illustrated by Randolph Caldecott, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans and published by George Routledge & Sons in London. The toy book, which is a variant of the folklore song The Three Huntsmen (sometimes called the Three Jolly Huntsmen), was well-received, selling tens of thousands of copies.

The three droll equestrians featured in the book are featured in the Caldecott Medal and as the logo of the Horn Book Magazine.[1][2][3] In 1914, four colour pictures from the book were reproduced by Frederick Warne & Co as postcards.[4]

The story was also noted for using the word "powlert" which was not defined ineither The New English or The Century dictionaries.[5]


The Three Jovial Huntsmen postcards
Card no. Card lines Picture

One said it was a boggart, an'
    another he say "Nay;
It's just a ge'man-farmer, that has
    gone an' lost his way"

The Three Jovial Huntsmen Postcard A3.jpg

One said it was a bull-calf, an'
    another he said "Nay;
It's just a painted jackass, that has
    never learnt to bray."

The Three Jovial Huntsmen Postcard A4.jpg
B3 ? ?

So they hunted, an' they hollo'd, till the
    setting of the sun;
An' they'd nought to bring away at last,
    when th' huntin'-day was done.

The Three Jovial Huntsmen Postcard B4.jpg


  1. ^ "Why is it called "The Horn Book"?". The Horn Book, Inc. 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  2. ^ Cech, p. 110
  3. ^ "The Three Jovial Huntsmen by Randolph Caldecott. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1907". Victorian Era Children's Literature. University of South Florida Library. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Randolph Caldecott Postcards". Randolph Caldecott Society UK. 15 Mar 2006. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  5. ^ Scott, p. 125



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