|Cameleopard 4.25 inch child's plate|
|Lady Godiva And Peeping Tom Of Coventry 7 inch plate|
The legend of the nude ride appears around the 13th century and is not considered plausible by historians, but the story was interesting enough to survive retelling for more than 8 centuries! It is also the subject of several Hollywood movies. The people of Coventry suffered under the oppressive taxation of Godiva's husband. She appealed to him to reduce the taxes, which he finally offered to do if she would ride naked through Coventry. The caveat was that if anyone looked or jeered, the taxes would not be removed. Because Lady Godiva was held in such high esteem by the people, no one looked except Tom (now known as Peeping Tom). Tom, by the way, was struck blind! Read more about the legend of Godiva, her ride, and Peeping Tom here.
My friend, Michael, said this is just the kind of pattern to get adolescent boys interested in transferware. What do you think?