The Barrister’s Dream

First C. L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) defined the concept [bottom], then Henry Holiday did the artwork (including the allusions to Gheeraert’s “head” [top]) and finally Joseph Swain cut the illustration [center] into a woodblock.


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Illustration (enlarged after vectorization) from Chambers’ Book of Days (p. 128) depicting a sow and her piglets being tried for the murder of a child. Allegedly, the trial of the animal took place in Levagny in the year 1457, the mother being found guilty and the piglets acquitted.

2020-09-12, updated: 2024-04-02

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