The Bellman and Charles Darwin

Snark hunting with Charles Darwin

Among Götz Kluge's albums  >  The Hunting of the Snark

Darwins snarked Study

Alfred Parsons' depiction of Charles Darwin's study in Downe. The wood cutter was J. Tynan. I assume that Alfred Parsons quoted shapes from Henry Holiday's illustration (cut by Joseph Swain) to The Bakers Tale in Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark in a similar manner as Henry Holiday used shapes in the works of earlier artists perhaps in order to "point" to these works. The match of each single shape could be quite incidental, but the the spacial relation of most shapes to each other also matches wel…

The Baker's Dear Uncle

In Henry Holiday's illustrations to Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark I found that Holiday constructed his illustrations as pictorial puzzles by quoting elements from paintings and illustrations of earlier artists (three images on the right side of the comparison image shown above). Holiday assimilated these elements into his Snark illustrations. But I also found that Alfred Parsons may have quoted elements from one of Holiday's illustrations. For more, click on the images in the comment below.

Ear & Embryo

Background: Rotated detail from an illustration by Henry Holiday to Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark Foreground: From Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man -,_and_Selection_in_Relation_to_Sex - The Banker is one of the members of the Snark hunting party. Henry Holiday can draw ears. If the Banker's ear looks strange it is meant to look strange.

Ear & Embryo

(under work) Henry Holiday can draw ears. So, if an ear does not look like an well depicted ear, there may be a reason.

Darwin's snarked Study

Beagle Laid Ashore & Snarked

I posted this as a 4758 x 3102 image earlier, but this one is much bigger: 8000x5200. It is an enlargement of the vectorized version of the earlier image. This ship played an important role in the history of science. Its probably most well known passanger was Charles Darwin. However, the Bellman carrying the Banker from Lewis Carroll's and Henry Holiday's "Hunting of the Snark" sneaked into the image. The print is based on a drawing by Conrad Martens, etching published in: Francis Darwin, Life and Letter…

The Expression of Emotions

To me, the Bellman's arm (upper left corner in the right image) always looked strangely rounded. But obviously there are arms like that. It took me a long time (until today) to get the idea that also these two images could be related although I know Duchenne's photo (shown here in mirror view) since a couple of years. "Creepy," "ghoulish," "not the best science" -- these are a few indisputable descriptions applied (by Wired magazine) to an experiment…

The Vivisector

Gabriel Cornelius von Max: The Vivisector (1883) Neue Pinakothek, Munich See also:

J. J. Grandville's Monsters

(Vectorized image from a 19th century book) Thanks to John Tufail (one of the few more curageous Snark hunters) for discovering the similarity to Henry Holiday's Boojum.
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