Playing with Pareidolia

I try to play with my pareidolia like Gustave Doré and Henry Holiday might have played with their pareidolia.   2013 (Gustave Doré, Henry Holiday, Gustave Doré)Gustave Doré and Henry Holiday were playing with Gustave Doré.   2015 (Gustave Doré, Matthias Grünewald, Henry Holiday)   2017 (Henry Holiday, Matthias Grünewald)   2017 (Matthias Grünewald) 2019 … Continue reading “Playing with Pareidolia”

Burning the Baker

  The images below (click on them to read more) are related to my little article in the Knight Letter № 100 (July 2018, ISSN 0193-886X, published by the LCSNA).   Knight Letter № 100 Thomas Cranmer’s Burning Unhiding the Hidden Eschatology Article 42 in the 42 Articles My LCSNA Knight Letter links MG064 (Martin … Continue reading “Burning the Baker”

My 1st Snark Trophy

My first Snark encounter was in 2005. Then, after almost four years, I entered the Snark hunting grounds in December 2008. could give you an idea where I was in 2010. The image shows illustrations by Henry Holiday (from The Hunting of the Snark, 1876) and Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (Allegory of Iconoclasts, aka … Continue reading “My 1st Snark Trophy”

Knight Letter № 100

In July 2018, the members of the LCSNA (Lewis Carroll Society of North America) received the 100th Knight Letter. Also in this issue, Goetz Kluge makes the case that a seventeenth-century engraving may have influenced Henry Holiday’s last illustration for The Hunting of the Snark. Goetz’s excellent blog about all things Snark is at … Continue reading “Knight Letter № 100”

Page 83

«With ‘Baker’ not ‘Butcher’ on p. 83.» (Source: Do you think that this “Baker” on page 83 really proves that the book is a first edition and that it should be “butcher”? You find the answer in any contemporary Snark edition. No mistake, the Baker still is there. There never was a Butcher on … Continue reading “Page 83”

Hell Mouth

The Beaver’s best course was, no doubt, to procure  A second-hand dagger-proof coat — So the Baker advised it — and next, to insure  Its life in some Office of note: This the Banker suggested, and offered for hire  (On moderate terms), or for sale, Two excellent Policies, one Against Fire,  And one Against Damage … Continue reading “Hell Mouth”

Snark too Dark

On the left side of this image comparison you see a scan (source: of Henry Holiday’s illustration to the final chapter The Vanishing in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark. It already is a quite faithful reproduction of the original illustration. The image on the right side has been generated from a scan … Continue reading “Snark too Dark”


On the right side of the side-by-side comparison shown above you see a pattern from an illustration (see also right side of the comparison image shown below) by Henry Holiday (and Joseph Swain) to the chapter The Vanishing in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (1876). On the left side you see a segment … Continue reading “Crucifix”

From Horses to Frolicking Weeds

  ※ [top left]: Illustration to Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (1876) by Henry Holiday: The Vanishing (detail from lower left side depicting some weeds which seem to have some fun with each other) ※ [top right]: John Martin: The Bard (ca. 1817, detail from lower left side, retinex filtered and vectorized, then … Continue reading “From Horses to Frolicking Weeds”

My 1st Snark Hunting Trophy

On the left side of this comparison you see one of the nine illustrations by Henry Holiday to Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (1876). On the right side is an illustration by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, the Allegory of Iconoclasts (aka The Image Breakers, around 1567). In the “mouth” of Gheeraerts’ “head” a … Continue reading “My 1st Snark Hunting Trophy”

The Bard

Illustration drawn by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg (engraved by Hall…) to Edward Jones’s Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards (1784) [main image]: John Martin, The Bard (ca. 1817); by GIMP: contrast enhanced in the rock area & light areas delated. [inset]: Henry Holiday (engraver: Joseph Swain), illustration (1876) to the chapter The Beaver’s … Continue reading “The Bard”

“Thought to be based on Gheeraert’s iconoclasm image”

Message to the Public Domain Review (2019-10-10): You are using my comparison (from December 2008) without proper referencing. This was my first discovery of one of Henry Holiday’s allusions. This finding started my Snark hunt. I think that Public Domain Review should specify the source (my proposal). (February 2021: Now there is a link “thought … Continue reading ““Thought to be based on Gheeraert’s iconoclasm image””

Failure? […] When [The Hunting of the Snark] was published in 1876 it was illustrated by Henry Holiday who, though a very talented artist, failed to capture the surreal nature of Carroll’s poem. The illustrations for this edition however, provided by Gormenghast author Mervyn Peake, are the perfect accompaniment. Peake’s drawings have an uneasy bubbling … Continue reading “Failure?”

Know your Bard

You find many renderings of John Martin‘s The Bard in the Internet. I think that in this comparison the left one is the right one and that the right one is not John Martin’s. In Henry Holiday’s illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark there are several references to John Martin’s original painting. … Continue reading “Know your Bard”

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