From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
SnarkLewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark was illustrated by Henry Holiday. In December 2008 I accidentally discovered, that Henry Holiday quoted from the etching The Image Breakers (or Allegory of Iconoclasm, c. 1566-1568) by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder. A very unique pattern in the "mouth" of both "heads" convinced me, that Holiday took reference to Gheeraert's etching. That is how snrk.de started.
Holiday was not a plagiarist. He just masterfully quoted graphical shapes from works of other artists like, as an example, Tom Stoppard quotes from other writers. Thus, Holiday's puzzles parallel Carroll's cunundrums. As for Lewis Carroll, I assume, that The Hunting of the Snark is about belief and legitimate disputes (Snark) as well as about violent fanaticism (Boojum), especially with regard to the history of Anglicanism.
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- The Hunting of the Snark
- Lewis Carroll
- Henry Holiday (Holiday's depiction of the maker of Bonnets and Hoods)
- Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
- The Banker's Fate
- Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder
- John Everett Millais
- Gustave Doré
- Alfred Parsons (artist): Compare Parsons' depiction of Charles Darwin's study to Henry Holiday's illustration of the Baker's visit to his uncle.
- Charles Darwin, the HMS Beagle (compared to the ship of the Snark hunting crew) and the vivisection debate (the Beaver's "wrong" lace-making perhaps refers to a memo by Charles Darwin how to use lace-needles together with a microscope for dissection)
- Thomas Cranmer (one of the Baker's personalities; the Baker's 42 boxes perhaps represent Cranmer's 42 Articles)
- Henry George Liddell (Holiday's depiction of the Billiard marker)
- Allegory: Father Time (Holiday's depiction of the Bellman on the front cover)
- Allegories: Religion and Liberty, Care and Hope
- With regard to Image:DarwinHunting480.jpg, was it possible, that Carroll and/or Holiday had access to Darwin's famous "I think"-sketch of the evolutionary tree already before Darwin's notebook was made available to a wider public? (I got contradicting answers from Darwin specialists.)
Goetz Kluge, 2010-03-21 (update: 2018-02-18)