Snark Assemblage

In 2012, I assembled two scans from original 19th century sources:

  1. The print The Beagle Laid Ashore is based on a drawing (1834-04-16) by Conrad Martens. The etching was published in Francis Darwin, Life and Letters of Charles Darwin , p. 160, 1888. Conrad Martens’ drawing has been engraved by T. Landseer and published in the year 1838 by H. Colburn in The Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of HMS Adventure and Beagle. (Image date: 1834-04-16. Location: Tierra del Fuego, Santa Cruz river, 50.1125°S and 68.3917°W. That is the position calculated by Captain Robert FitzRoy (who had no GPS). The error was small. The drawing shows that the site must have been a river bank – 50.13°S, 68.39°W? – near the calculated position.)
  2. The Bankersupported” by the Bellman and the Beaver carrying a microscope depicted in illustrations by H. Holiday to Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, 1876

The blog The Daily Beagle borrowed my assemblage already in 2013. I am using my assemblage since 2015 in my on-line version of The Hunting of the Snark.

Obviously, LibriVox (see also liked my assemblage (archived). They are using it with my consent as a cover image. If you use it, don’t forget to mention the creators: Henry Holiday and Conrad Martens. I just mixed both prints. License for my assemblage (4758 × 3102): CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Today (2021-03-14) I learned about Brian Dewan, because he used my assemblage on the cover of his The Hunting of the Snark. His recording (2017) has aired in London and New York. The borrowing is fine with me, because for the assemblage I too borrowed illustrations. They were made by two 19th century artists.

By the way:

001    “Just the place for a Snark!” the Bellman cried,
002        As he landed his crew with care;
003    Supporting each man on the top of the tide
004        By a finger entwined in his hair.

Isn’t the Bellman’s treatment of the Baker a bit brutal and degrading? Whose hair was Carroll referring to? The Banker’s? The Bellman’s?

related blog posts | an article using the assemblage | Shikiiyuki’s Snark page (how it should be) | [1][2][3][4]

2017-10-04, update: 2023-04-22

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