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Le petit bleu qui trouble

Formerly, the title was "Paradise Snarked & Marked". But Jean-Michel Frodon's comment (the link doesn't work anymore) was so much better! (He also explained quite well, what this image is about.)


The comparison shows illustrations by Gustave Doré (to John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book VI, 1866) and by Henry Holiday (to The Hunting of the Snark, 1876).


High resolution: 4440 x 3000. There also is an image sans bleu.




From The Hunting of the Snark, Fit the 5th, The Beaver's Lesson:


301    They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;

302        They pursued it with forks and hope;

303    They threatened its life with a railway-share;

304        They charmed it with smiles and soap.


305    Then the Butcher contrived an ingenious plan

306        For making a separate sally;

307    And had fixed on a spot unfrequented by man,

308        A dismal and desolate valley.


309    But the very same plan to the Beaver occurred:

310        It had chosen the very same place:

311    Yet neither betrayed, by a sign or a word,

312        The disgust that appeared in his face.


313    Each thought he was thinking of nothing but "Snark"

314        And the glorious work of the day;

315    And each tried to pretend that he did not remark

316        That the other was going that way.


317    But the valley grew narrow and narrower still,

318        And the evening got darker and colder,

319    Till (merely from nervousness, not from goodwill)

320        They marched along shoulder to shoulder.


The two images also walk along well together. The comparison is a good example for how Holiday in many of his references to other images strengthened the link between an illustration and the pictures from which he quoted graphical elements: The resemblance of the 6 matching patterns (highlighted using notes 1 to 6) may be more or less disputable for each single match, but the topological relation between the elements quoted (in a subtle and yet noticeable manner) by Holiday is similar in both pictures.


I made this comparison in 2009 based on original 19th century prints.

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Taken on June 18, 2009