The Bellman and Charles Darwin

Snark hunting with Charles Darwin

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An Expedition Team

Darwin did use tuning forks for experiments with spiders. 201· · You may seek it with thimbles--and seek it with care; 202· · · · You may hunt it with forks and hope; 203· · You may threaten its life with a railway-share; 204· · · · You may charm it with smiles and soap-- I think that The Hunting of the Snark alludes to many events in the Victorian era. Among those, Charles Darwins Beagle voyage, his discoveries and the resulting challenge to religious beliefs surely were important issues to the Reverend…

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…

Crossing the Line

"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 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…

The Boojum sitting on some of the 42 boxes

1875: Proposal for a depicton of a Boojum turned Snark by Henry Holiday (and redrawn by me) to Lewis Carroll. However, Carroll (Dodgson) preferred to leave it to the imagination of his readers (and to the imagination of the Barrister) how the Snark may look like. The little vanishig guy is The Baker. Does the Boojum sit on some of the Baker's 42 boxes? It is said that Carroll "suppressed" Holiday's Boojum, but I think that between these two gentlemen that is not the right term. "[...] One of the first th…

Beagle and Beagle?

[left]: HMS Beagle Among Porpoises (183X) by Robert Taylor Pritchett. [right]: A vessel in an illustration by Henry Holiday to Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (1876). The shape of the vessels is pretty generic, but William Snow Harris' new lightning conductors were a special feature of the HMS Beagle.

Snark Hunting with the HMS Beagle

Assembled scans from original 19th century sources: • Illustration by H. Holiday to The Hunting of the Snark, 1876 • Inlay: Print based on a drawing (1834-04-16) by Conrad Martens, etching published in: Francis Darwin, Life and Letters of Charles Darwin , p. 160, 1888. Conrad Martens' drawing has been engraved by T. Landseer and published in the year 1838 by H. Colburn in The Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of HMS Adventure and Beagle.

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Illustration by Henry Holiday (cut by Joseph Swain) to Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, 1876. Why should a peaceful activity like lace-making (see below or lines #277 to #280 of the Snark) have "proved an infringement of right"? This image may have been used to symbolize dissection in context with C. L. Dodgson's (aka Lewis Carroll's) involvement in the vivisection debate. 053· · The last of the crew needs especial remark, 054· · · · Though he looked an incredible dunce: 055· · He had just one…

Darwin's Study and the Baker's Uncle

This is about a possible allusion by Alfred Parsons to Henry Holiday. [left]: The Study at Down (from the The Century illustrated monthly magazine, v.25 1882-1883, p. 420, Indiana University Library) Illustration from a painting (1882, from a photo) by Alfred Parsons Engraver: J. Tynan (Scan from original 19th century source: Francis Darwin: The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 1, 1888, p. 101) [right]: illustration by Henry Holiday to Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, 1876 The comparison…

The Uncle over Darwin's Fireplace

Segments from [left, vertically stretched]: The top of the fireplace in Alfred Parsons' depiction (1882) of Charles Darwin's study in Downe [right]: an illustration (1876, printed 1911) by Henry Holiday to Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark Rescaleable formats for printing posters: PDF (7.7 MB) and SVGZ (8.3 MB). (The segment of Alfred Parsons' depiction of Charles Darwin's new study is used here with permission by Dr. John van Wyhe, darwin-online.org.uk/. Henry Holiday's illustration has been…
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