Götz Kluge

Götz Kluge

Posted on 06/02/2013

Photo taken on June  2, 2013

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The Bandersnatch fled as the others appeared

The Bandersnatch fled as the others appeared
In Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, the intertextuality of the poem is paralleled by the interpictoriality of Henry Holiday's illustrations: Here Henry Holiday reinterprets Marcus Gheeraerts I+II.

The image above shows Henry Holiday's illustration to the chapter The Banker's Fate. (A small part of the left side has been removed in order to achieve a 4:3 ratio. The largest size is 5696 x 4352 pixels.) To Holiday's illustration I added images from which, in my opinion, he had borrowed shapes and concepts:

(1) Under the Banker's arm:
* Horizontally compressed segment of The Image Breakers (1566-1568) aka Allegory of Iconoclasm, an etching by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (British Museum, Dept. of Print and Drawings, 1933.1.1..3, see also Edward Hodnett: Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, Utrecht 1971, pp. 25-29). I mirrored the "nose" about a horizontal axis (yellow frame).

(2) Under the Beaver's paw (mirror views):
* [top]: Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger: Catherine Killigrew, Lady Jermyn (1614)
* [bottom, mirror view]: Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger: Mary Throckmorton, Lady Scudamore (1615)

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Götz Kluge
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A Nose Job


Fit the Seventh
THE BANKER'S FATE (post+pre banking crisis version!)

489· · They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
490· · · · They pursued it with forks and hope;
491· · They threatened its life with a railway-share;
492· · · · They charmed it with smiles and soap.

493· · And the Banker, inspired with a courage so new
494· · · · It was matter for general remark,
495· · Rushed madly ahead and was lost to their view
496· · · · In his zeal to discover the Snark

497· · But while he was seeking with thimbles and care,
498· · · · A Bankersnatch swiftly drew nigh
499· · And grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair,
500· · · · For he knew it was useless to fly.

501· · He offered large discount--he offered a cheque
502· · · · (Drawn "to bearer") for seven-pounds-ten:
503· · But the Bankersnatch merely extended its neck
504· · · · And grabbed at the Banker again.

505· · Without rest or pause--while those frumious jaws
506· · · · Went savagely snapping around-
507· · He skipped and he hopped, and he floundered and flopped,
508· · · · Till fainting he fell to the ground.

509· · The Bankersnatch fled as the others appeared
510· · · · Led on by that fear-stricken yell:
511· · And the Bellman remarked "It is just as I feared!"
512· · · · And solemnly tolled on his bell.

513· · He was black in the face, and they scarcely could trace
514· · · · The least likeness to what he had been:
515· · While so great was his fright that his waistcoat turned white-
516· · · · A wonderful thing to be seen!


517· · To the horror of all who were present that day.
518· · · · He uprose in full evening dress,
519· · And with senseless grimaces endeavoured to say
520· · · · What his tongue could no longer express.

521· · Down he sank in a chair--ran his hands through his hair--
522· · · · And chanted in mimsiest tones
523· · Words whose utter inanity proved his insanity,
524· · · · While he rattled a couple of bones.

525· · "Leave him here to his fate--it is getting so late!"
526· · · · The Bellman exclaimed in a fright.
527· · "We have lost half the day. Any further delay,
528· · · · And we sha'nt catch a Snark before night!"
5 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.
Götz Kluge
Götz Kluge
Heads by Henry Holiday and Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder
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Found and enjoyed in the group gallery at:
Hang It!
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Stan Askew
Stan Askew
love it !!!
seen in Assemblage
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