A Snark article in the Knight Letter
(with lots of help from Chris Morgan and Mark Burstein)
Source: Knight Letter (ISSN 0193-886X), Fall 2017, Number 99
Update 2018-02-12:My article is online
(with permission of the Knight Letter
editors). In the online copy, I fixed the wrong URL kl.snr.de. It’s kl.snrk.de
. Also four additional images have been attached to the article.
Found today: Bycatch from my Snark hunt:
Bycatch from my Snark hunt:
As for The Hunting of the Snark, I think that this is the most important finding of my Snark hunt.
This blog is mostly about Lewis Carroll‘s, Henry Holiday‘s and Joseph Swain‘s illustrations to The Hunting of the Snark.
In his Illuminated Snark, John Tufail assumed that the night sky in the front cover of The Hunting of the Snark could be a map. Together with my assumption that Henry Holiday drew inspiration from several paintings by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, John’s paper helped me to find the Ditchley Portrait. That again helped me to find the painting by an anonymous artist depicting Elizabeth I at old age.
Goetz Kluge, Munich, 2017-08-28
The big beast perhaps gave birth to a Boojum.
(John Tufail made me aware of this illustration by J. J. Grandville.)
In this image one of the elements has been marked (blue frame) which Henry Holiday borrowed from a 17th century painting (by an anonymous artist). This might be a bit different from the borrowing described by T. S. Eliot in 1920. The borrowing ot the pictorial allusion is inconspicuous. It doesn’t enrich Holiday’s illustration. It’s only purpose might be that of a signpost pointing to another work of art.