The Bard

[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 Lesson in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, detail   Bycatch (found in 2013) from my Snark hunt: [left] from Maurits … Continue reading “The Bard”

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”

Henry Holiday’s Illustrations

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)   … Continue reading “Henry Holiday’s Illustrations”

Face It!

Bycatch from my Snark hunt: In the image you see two renderings of a segment from The Temptation of St. Anthony (c. 1512-1516) by Matthias Grünewald (Mathis Gothardt Neithardt), painting in a panel of the Isenheim Altarpiece, now located at the Musée Isenheim, Colmar, France), where a part of the rendering on the right side … Continue reading “Face It!”

Alice on the Train

Bycatch (but not mine): [left]: John Tenniel: Alice on the Train (1872) [right]: Augustus Leopold Egg: The Travelling Companions (1862) I found the comparison in If it is a pictorial reference at all, it might be a nice pun by Tenniel, but not as challenging as Henry Holiday’s conundrums. Playing with the work of … Continue reading “Alice on the Train”

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”

On Borrowing

One of the surest tests [of a poet’s superiority or inferiority] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling … Continue reading “On Borrowing”

Monstrous Heads

This is a bycatch from my Snark hunt: Segment from a panel of the Isenheim Altarpiece, Matthias Grünewald‘s The Temptation of St. Anthony (c. 1512-1516) I discovered that “face” in Matthias Grünewald’s painting in 2018, but perhaps I was not the first one. I think that Gustave Doré found it already in the year 1863 … Continue reading “Monstrous Heads”

The King’s Bedpost

The two images had been compared in a beautiful book by Margaret Aston in 1994: The King’s Bedpost: Reformation and Iconography in a Tudor Group Portrait (Reviews: Christy Anderson and Gottfried G. Krodel) [left]: Philip Galle after Maarten van Heemskerck, redrawn (vectorized) print Ahasuerus consulting the records (1564). The resemblance to the upper image was … Continue reading “The King’s Bedpost”

Alice in the Woods

Bycatch from my Snark hunt: [background]: Sir John Tenniel: Alice & Cheshire Cat (1866 or 1869?) [center right]: Magic lantern slide by William Robert Hill: Alice in Wonderland (1876) [bottom center]: Bonomi Edward Warren: Sportsman and dog on a wooded path (1868, watercolor) [bottom right]: Bonomi Edward Warren: Woodland Scene in Summer with … Continue reading “Alice in the Woods”


    Comment to tweet by Jono Borden: In his illustrations to Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark" (1876), Henry Holiday might have referred to a detail in this panel of the Isenheim Altarpiece. — Goetz Kluge (@Bonnetmaker) December 26, 2017 Retweeted by Musée Unterlinden (2017-12-27):more   Another finding (bycatch from my Snark … Continue reading “Kitty”

Lorenzo and Isabella

Bycatch from my Snark hunt: The, well, ambiguity of that “shadow”is known. Also there were some Freudian assumptions regarding what the salt could stand for. But so far I didn’t find any remarks on the impossibility of having a shadow being covered by white salt which isn’t covered by that shadow. To someone who learned … Continue reading “Lorenzo and Isabella”

Favourite Tweets

About 10 years ago I found out that Henry Holiday's Snark illustrations contained several references to artwork from other artists, father+son Marcus Gheeraerts among them. John Tufail's suggestion (the night sky as a map) made me search for a Gheeraerts painting with a map. — Goetz Kluge (@Bonnetmaker) January 30, 2019   @snark150 is … Continue reading “Favourite Tweets”

Snark on Reddit

This is about what I published about The Hunting of the Snark in Reddit (/r/TheHuntingOfTheSnark) before the blog was launched in autumn 2017. Some entries are out of date. The poem and the illustrations have been published by C. L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) in 1876. On the cover page we read: “With nine illustrations … Continue reading “Snark on Reddit”