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Henry George Liddell in "The Hunting of the Snark"

Henry George Liddell in "The Hunting of the Snark"
This was my first image showing Henry Holiday's depiction of the Billiard marker in Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (1876). The face in color and in the background is Henry George Liddell's face (painted by Sir Hubert von Herkomer in 1891). Liddell was Carroll's (Dodgson's) superior in Christ Church, Oxford.

In this image, I had been fooling around a bit: I gave Liddell the Billiard marker's wig. And I gave Liddel's chin back to the Billiard marker. I am not hiding anything: The red dots indicate my manipulations, and in the lower part of the image you can see the unmanipulated elements.

Later I discovered, that the comparison between Liddell at age 28 and a draft by Holiday's of the Billiard marker yielded a much stronger resemblance:
Billiard-Marker & Henry George Liddell
Perhaps Carroll/Dodgson did not accept such an obvious resemblance. So Holiday finally showed an older Billiard marker with a wig (which slipped a bit out of position) . Holiday also chopped off the Billard marker's chin, but left its shadow in his illustration. That is no mistake. Thus, the real Liddell would not really be able to find himself depicted as the Billiard marker playing foul in the Snark.

However, the shadow just could be a bow tie. Who knows?

Comments
Götz Kluge
Götz Kluge
Make no Mistake!
3 years ago.
Götz Kluge
Götz Kluge
The Billiard marker
A bow tie or a shadow?
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Götz Kluge
Götz Kluge
Henry George Liddell
2014
3 years ago.