- [left]: Henry Holiday – Illustration to Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (1876), chapter The Beaver’s Lesson.
Could the Butcher’s longish left hand also have a corresponding shape in Grünewald’s painting? (SPOILER)
- [right]: Matthias Grünewald – from The Temptation of St. Anthony (1515), detail in mirror view.
[…] His picture of the Beaver doing its math problem inspired me to treat that entire Fit the Fifth as a long variation upon the Temptation of St. Anthony, especially the version by Bosch. Holiday really nailed that one. I have to confess that Flaubert’s version is a favorite book of mine and I tried to give this part of the Snark the same baroque, over the top feeling of deranged pagan vs. Christian imagery. […]
- wild figure
- Henry Holiday’s illustration The Beaver’s Lesson as poster (large memory required for proper rendering and printing)
- Face it!
- related blog post
2017-09-13, update: 2018-07-02