From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
It is possible that the author was half-consciously laying a trap, so readily did he take to the inventing of puzzles and things enigmatic; but to those who knew the man, or who have devined him correctly through his writings, the explanation is fairly simple.
(Henry Holiday on Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark", January 29th, 1898)
The image on the left side (besides being nonsense too) is more a selection of patterns than a comparison. (As for the comparison part: Here Gheeraersts illustration may have been a source of shapes as well as of symbols):
- top left: Segment of an illustration by Henry Holiday toThe Landing in Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (1876)
- top right: Segment of an illustration by Henry Holiday to The Beaver's Lesson...
- middle: Segment of an illustration by Henry Holiday to The Vanishing ...
- bottom left: Lower left corner of The Image Breakers by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (c. 1567)
- bottom right: Lower right corner ...