Originally Published December 2011.
Bagpipe Satire in History
Bagpipes in humor is nothing new, so just for fun I thought I would take a quick look at satirical representations of bagpipes through the centuries.
A fool dancing to the devil’s bagpipe. Probably 16th century.
A caricature of the Pope as a donkey playing pipes by Lucas Cranach. The caption reads:
‘The pope alone can interpret Scripture and sweep
away misapprehension in the same way that a donkey alone can play the bagpipes and get the notes right’. Dated 1545.
An 18th century caricature ‘The Scotch Wedding’ artist unknown.
And finally an interesting general collection of bagpipes in art.