Snark Assemblage


In 2012, I assembled two scans from original 19th century sources:

  • Print The Beagle Laid Ashore based on a drawing (1834-04-16) by Conrad Martens, etching published in: Francis Darwin, Life and Letters of Charles Darwin , p. 160, 1888. Conrad Martens’ drawing has been engraved by T. Landseer and published in the year 1838 by H. Colburn in The Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of HMS Adventure and Beagle. (Image date: 1834-04-16. Location: Tierra del Fuego, Santa Cruz river, 50.1125°S and 68.3917°W. That is the position calculated by Captain Robert FitzRoy (who had no GPS). The error was small. The drawing shows that the site must have been a river bank – 50.13°S, 68.39°W? – near the calculated position.)
  • The Bankersupported” by the Bellman and the Beaver carrying a microscope depicted in illustrations by H. Holiday to Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, 1876
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    Obviously, LibriVox liked my assemblage. They are using it with my consent as a cover image. If you use it, don’t forget to mention the creators: Henry Holiday and Conrad Martens. I just mixed both prints. License for my assemblage: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/)

     
    By the way:

    001    “Just the place for a Snark!” the Bellman cried,
    002        As he landed his crew with care;
    003    Supporting each man on the top of the tide
    004        By a finger entwined in his hair.

    Isn’t the Bellman’s treatment of the Baker a bit brutal and degrading? Whose hair was Carroll referring to? The Banker’s? The Bellman’s? “By a finger entwined in his hair” is ambiguous. Luckily (for public libraries), Henry Holiday’s depiction of the Banker supported by the Bellman’s finger makes it easy to deny, that “his hair” and the “finger” both might belong to the Bellman.

     
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