Henry Holiday’s Snark Illustrations

Knight Letter (LCSNA), № 106, Spring 2021, p. 12~13


It​ is possible that the author was half-consciously laying a trap, so readily did he take to the inventing of puzzles and things enigmatic; but to those who knew the man, or who have divined him correctly through his writings, the explanation is fairly simple.

(Henry Holiday about Lewis Carroll, The Snark’s Significance, 1898-01-29)


The Snark hunting party

We have neglected the gift of comprehending things through our senses. Concept is divorced from percept, and thought moves among abstractions. Our eyes have been reduced to instruments with which to identify and to measure; hence we suffer a paucity of ideas that can be expressed in images and an incapacity to discover meaning in what we see. Naturally we feel lost in the presence of objects that make sense only to undiluted vision, and we seek refuge in the more familiar medium of words. […] The inborn capacity to understand through the eyes has been put to sleep and must be reawakened.

(Rudolf Arnheim: Art and visual Perception, 1974, p. 1)


Source of the upper right image: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/RP-P-OB-82.399

All art is infested by other art.

(Leo Steinberg, in Art about Art, 1979)

Letters and Skulls

Only those questions that are in principle undecidable, we can decide.

(Heinz von Foerster: Ethics and Second-Order Cybernetics, 1990-10-04, Système et thérapie familiale, Paris)

Star Snarks:

Bathing machines:

Bycatch from my Snark hunt:

2017-10-02, updated: 2024-06-21

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