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Inspiration by Pareidolia?

Inspiration by Pareidolia?
[top, mirror view, B&W]: Segment from "The Bone Player" (1856) William Sidney Mount

[center]: Same segment as above. Retinex filtered, contrast enhanced
This image perhaps shows some remanents from Mount's drafts.

[bottom]: Segment from an illustration by Henry Holiday to Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark" (1876)

In his notebooks, Leonardo da Vinci wrote of pareidolia as a device for painters:
"I will not refrain from setting among these precepts a new device for consideration which, although it may appear trivial and almost ludicrous, is nevertheless of great utility in arousing the mind to various inventions. And this is, that if you look at any walls spotted with various stains, or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see divers combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expression of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well-conceived forms. With such walls and blends of different stones it comes about as it does with the sound of bells, in whose clanging you may discover every name and word you can imagine."
Source: (2014-05-13) and (2014-06-07)
See also "OF DEVICES FOR PAINTERS 173" (MS. 2038, Bib. Nat. 22 v.) in

I assume that Henry Holiday and Lewis Carroll (C. L. Dodgson) not only alluded to images but also used them to draw inspiration. I am not really sure about this, therefore I added this comparison to the ???-Group.

Steve Bucknell, have particularly liked this photo

 Götz Kluge
Götz Kluge club
More inspirations frome Sydney's drawing:
Two Bone Players
7 years ago. Edited 7 years ago.
 Götz Kluge
Götz Kluge club
White Spot
7 years ago.
 Steve Bucknell
Steve Bucknell club
Very arousing.
7 years ago.