- [left side] Plate I of Gustave Doré’s illustrations to chapter 1 in Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote (1863 edition). As for the big head at the lower left corner of the print: Could Doré have been inspired by what he saw in a painting by Matthias Grünewald?
- [center] by Henry Holiday (illustration to The Hunting of the Snark, 1876)
- [right side] by Gustave Doré (to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Book VI, 1866)
But I see no fun in the little creature pouring out ink.
Source: C. L. Dodgson in a letter (1876-01-04) to Henry Holiday
Henry Holiday had fun.
I think that the painting shown below might have given Holiday the idea to pour something:
This is a portrait of Anne Hale, Mrs Hoskins (1629) by the Tudor court painter Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger and a detail (mirror view) from an illustration by Henry Holiday (cut by Joseph Swain) to Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (1876)