- [left]: The Banker after his encounter with the Bandersnatch, depicted in Henry Holiday‘s illustration (woodcut by Joseph Swain) to the chapter The Banker’s Fate in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (scanned from an original 1876 1st edition of the book).
- [right]: a slightly horizontally compressed rendering of The Imagebreakers (1566-1568, aka Allegory of Iconoclasm), an etching by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (British Museum, Dept. of Print and Drawings, 1933,1111.3 AN1067484001, license CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. See also Edward Hodnett: Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, Utrecht 1971, pp. 25-29.).
Henry Holiday flipped the “nose” of Gheeraerts’ “head” before using it as the Banker’s nose in his pictorial allusion to Gheeraerts’ etching. Probably not intended by Gheeraerts but discovered by Holiday: Flipping the nose yields a different nose with a different shape.
My first comparisons (early 2009, I didn’t recognize the nose flip then):
Interestingly, in Henry Holiday’s illustrations to The Hunting of the Snark, the Banker is depicted with different faces. It took me two years (and perhaps many colorful markers) before I noticed the nose job done by Henry Holiday when he transplanted Gheeraerts’ nose to this version of the Banker’s face.
2017-10-10, updated: 2020-11-20