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The Bellman and Charles Darwin

The Bellman and Charles Darwin 

1876 and around 1870.

If it was for this pairing only, I would not use this side-by-side image as an example for allusions to Charles Darwin (19th century portrait) in Lewis Carroll's and Henry Holiday's The Hunting of the Snark. Also, too obvious allusions to Darwin would have narrowed the interpretation space which Carroll wanted to leave to his readers. However, there is more.

Darwin portrait found in What Mr Darwin Saw in His Voyage Round the World in the Ship ‘Beagle’, 1879.
»Extracts paraphrased by W.P. Garrison from Darwin’s Beagle diaries.
Son of a US abolitionist, W.P. Garrison published this work anonymously. His stated aim was to 'interest children in the study of natural history, and physical and political geography'. Garrison selected extracts from Darwin's original diaries, reorganising material thematically into four parts: 'Animals', 'Man' (strange peoples and customs, particularly of savage and barbarous life), 'Geography' (physical features of the countries visited by Mr Darwin) and 'Nature' (account of the grandeur of terrestrial processes).«
Source: University of Cambridge > Department of History and Philosophy of Science > Whipple Library > Rare book collections > Online exhibitions

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 Götz Kluge
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Crossing the Line

"Un veliero: il brigantino H. M. S. Beagle. Lo comanda il bigotto Capitano Robert Fitz Roy. L'anno è il 1831. A bordo, un cervello esplosivo. Con un ritardo di due secoli sulla Fisica, sta per deflagrare il Galileo della Biologia. Le tappe successive: nel 1838 è completata la teoria della selezione naturale. Nel 1859 esce L'origine della specie.
· · Dissolvenza.
· · Quando torna l'immagine, è ancora una nave. Un veliero, naturalmente. Il Beagle riprende il mare? L'anno, è il 1874: Darwin è ancora vivo, vegeto e chiacchierato."

"A sailing ship: the brig H. M. S. Beagle. It is commanded by the bigoted Captain Robert Fitz Roy. The year is 1831. On board, a brain explosion. With a delay of about two centuries of [deterministic] Physics, it is shattered by the the Galileo of Biology. The following stages: In 1838 the theory of natural selection was completed. In 1859 comes the Origin of Species.
· · Fade-over.
· · When it returns into the scene, it is still a ship. A sailing ship, of course. The Beagle took to the sea again? The year is 1874: Darwin is still alive, well and chatty."

Adriano Orefice: La cerca dello Squallo
6 years ago. Edited 6 years ago.
 Götz Kluge
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Portrait of Charles Robert Darwin by Laura Russell 1869
6 years ago.
 Götz Kluge
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If -- and the thing is wildly possible -- the charge of writing nonsense were ever brought against the author of this brief but instructive poem, it would be based, I [Lewis Carroll] feel convinced, on the line (in p.4) “Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes.” In view of this painful possibility, I will not (as I might) appeal indignantly to my other writings as a proof that I am incapable of such a deed: I will not (as I might) point to the strong moral purpose of this poem itself, to the arithmetical principles so cautiously inculcated in it, or to its noble teachings in Natural History -- I will take the more prosaic course of simply explaining how it happened.

369 . . “The method employed I would gladly explain,
370 . . . . While I have it so clear in my head,
371 . . If I had but the time and you had but the brain --
372 . . . . But much yet remains to be said.

373 . . “In one moment I’ve seen what has hitherto been
374 . . . . Enveloped in absolute mystery,
375 . . And without extra charge I will give you at large
376 . . . . A Lesson in Natural History.”

377 . . In his genial way he proceeded to say
378 . . . . (Forgetting all laws of propriety,
379 . . And that giving instruction, without introduction,
380 . . . . Would have caused quite a thrill in Society),
5 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.
 Götz Kluge
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There are some who identify the bearded bellman with Charles Darwin and the crew with the crew of Darwin’s ship Beagle. Martens’ 1934 etching of Darwin’s Beagle landing ashore (Fig 3 left) at the port of Santa Cruz in the Tenerite Island of the Canary islands, has been assembled (Fig 3 right, in modern terms it would be called morphing, I guess;) together with Henry Holiday’s illustration of bellman, banker and beaver that accompanied Caroll’s poem [...]. To be fair, Holiday may have just used Darwin as a model. Other similarities have been noticed, however, [...] between the drawing of a weed and Darwin’s sketch on the tree of life.

No, not the Canary Islands. And it isn't morphing either. This is morphing:
5 years ago.
 Götz Kluge
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Initially, the Bellman wasn't a Darwin look-alike. However, the Bellman's earlier face turned into another character in another illustration:
Recycled Bellman Draft
5 years ago.
 Götz Kluge
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5 years ago.
 Götz Kluge
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5 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.

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