Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Do You Like Butter?

As children we used to ask a girl that we were fond of 'Do you like butter?'. The way to tell was to hold a buttercup under their chin and see the yellow light reflected there.

It seems the idea goes back a lot longer than our nursery play days. I came across this sketch in the Royal Academy Notes for 1889.

There is also this well known work by Charles Burton Barber (1845-1894) entitled ‘Do you like butter?’

I wonder for how many centuries children have played that game.


  1. And here I've been thinking all along that my generation invented that, but 1845 is just a bit before my time. ;)

  2. I love that picture of the little girl and the dog!!! So very sweet.

  3. I remember doing this as a child - my grandmother taught it to me. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  4. I remember that too! And I definitely wasn't around in 1845...


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