This is no Cigar

Martin Gardner wrote in his Annotated Snark (1962):

[…] Thousands of readers must have glanced at this drawing without noticing (though they may have shivered with subliminal perception) the huge, almost transparent head of the Baker, abjetb terror on his features, as a gigantic beak (or is it a claw?) seizes his wrist and drags him into ultimate darkness.

The rocks in the foreground, which resemble the back of a prostrate nude figure, add another eerie touch to the scene. […]

I think, that Henry Holiday’s original illustration (without the yellow lines and dots) to the last chapter of The Hunting of the Snark is about abuse and violence. It is an important key to Lewis Carroll’s and Henry Holiday’s tragicomedy.

 
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