Comparison: 2009-01-27

This is probably one of the strongest examples for resemblances between graphical elements in Holiday's illustrations (1876, cut by Joseph Swain) and graphical elements in another image.

In this case the images are a segment of the illustration to The Banker's Fate (after his encounter with the Bandersnatch) in Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (1876) and a horizontally compressed copy of The Image Breakers (1566-1568) by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder.

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• Another version (2009-01-30):

  1. Bonnetmaker 61 months ago | reply

    Being aware of pareidolia can prevent you from jumping to conclusions. On the other side, being afraid of pareidolia also can prevent you from looking closer and drawing plausible conclusions.
    Reinterpretation, Inspiration by Blurring, Citation after Mirroring




    Another example:

    Some of the pointers (to works from other artists) hidden by Henry Holiday in his illustrations are quite funny. Could Gustave Doré have imagined, how his depiction of a root protuding from a rock could be perceived?

    The comparisons above are good examples 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 elements may be more or less disputable, but in many cases Holiday strove to maintain the topological relation between the elements of the source and the topological relation between the quoted elements in his own illustration.

  2. Bonnetmaker 58 months ago | reply

    Yes. And this is very clear evidence that Henry Holiday's and Lewis Carroll's Snark offers more that just textual conundrums. Their "nonsense" just was camouflage used by the illustrator and the poet in order to stay out of trouble (with the church in the first place).

    Holiday must have enjoyed his work for Dodgson (Carroll) a lot. Here Holiday had more freedom than in his (commercially quite successful) stained glass window business. And he made good use of that freedom.

    To his illustrators, Dodgson seems to have been a "difficult" customer. However, among all of Dodgson's illustrators, Dodgson's and Holiday's relationship probably was the most harmonious one. Therefore I guess, Dodgson knew and appreciated the pictorial puzzles hidden by Henry Holiday in the Snark. That includes a "hidden" portrait of Dodgson himself:

  3. curiousart 58 months ago | reply

    Absolutely fascinating! I'm a huge Carroll fanatic & love Holiday's illos but I've never seen an analysis of this kind. Definitely my cup of (mad) tea!

  4. Bonnetmaker 58 months ago | reply

    As for more analysis, to my knowledge John Tufail was the first who understood the importance of Holiday's illustrations to the Snark.

  5. Bonnetmaker 57 months ago | reply

    Snark goes Hollywood:

  6. Herbert Kuipers 56 months ago | reply

    There might be some.....
    I still think You are a German lunatic,
    This in the most friendly way.
    I give up. I am considered an evil person.
    I just love to draw. It's inevitable, stuff looks alike.
    there's nothing behind it. Don' t waste Your live on this.
    It says that people lack imagination. If it did.
    What would it mean ?
    There are brotherhoods, all sorts. From bikers to messonians.
    I was asked several times to tattoo their symbols.
    It's just a stupid illusion. Don't waste Your time.....

  7. Herbert Kuipers 56 months ago | reply

    The real art lies by the artist.
    How to create such non existent mysteries.
    That is all there is. Lies and deception.
    Should I not know ?

  8. Bonnetmaker 55 months ago | reply

    Fit the Seventh

    489    They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
    490        They pursued it with forks and hope;
    491    They threatened its life with a railway-share;
    492        They charmed it with smiles and soap.

    493    And the Banker, inspired with a courage so new
    494        It was matter for general remark,
    495    Rushed madly ahead and was lost to their view
    496        In his zeal to discover the Snark

    497    But while he was seeking with thimbles and care,
    498        A Bandersnatch swiftly drew nigh
    499    And grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair,
    500        For he knew it was useless to fly.

    501    He offered large discount--he offered a cheque
    502        (Drawn "to bearer") for seven-pounds-ten:
    503    But the Bandersnatch merely extended its neck
    504        And grabbed at the Banker again.

    505    Without rest or pause--while those frumious jaws
    506        Went savagely snapping around-
    507    He skipped and he hopped, and he floundered and flopped,
    508        Till fainting he fell to the ground.

    509    The Bandersnatch fled as the others appeared
    510        Led on by that fear-stricken yell:
    511    And the Bellman remarked "It is just as I feared!"
    512        And solemnly tolled on his bell.

    513    He was black in the face, and they scarcely could trace
    514        The least likeness to what he had been:
    515    While so great was his fright that his waistcoat turned white-
    516        A wonderful thing to be seen!

    517    To the horror of all who were present that day.
    518        He uprose in full evening dress,
    519    And with senseless grimaces endeavoured to say
    520        What his tongue could no longer express.

    521    Down he sank in a chair--ran his hands through his hair--
    522        And chanted in mimsiest tones
    523    Words whose utter inanity proved his insanity,
    524        While he rattled a couple of bones.

    525    "Leave him here to his fate--it is getting so late!"
    526        The Bellman exclaimed in a fright.
    527    "We have lost half the day. Any further delay,
    528        And we sha'nt catch a Snark before night!"

  9. Bonnetmaker 55 months ago | reply

    and , thank you. This image seemingly is the most convincing one in


  10. Bonnetmaker 51 months ago | reply

    The Banker's Nose Job
    I flipped (mirrored) the "nose" segment in the right image vertically.

  11. Bonnetmaker 40 months ago | reply

    The Banker's Spectacles
    The first image (on the top of thie page) is a 2009 discovery. It took me more than two years to discover that even the almost complete frame of the spectacles has been quoted by Henry Holiday from Gheeraert's etching.

  12. Bonnetmaker 40 months ago | reply

    Holiday and Gheeraerts I
    Holiday quoted from the etching by Marcus Gheeraert's the elder also in several other illustrations to The Hunting of the Snark

  13. Bonnetmaker 40 months ago | reply

    Henry Holiday is not alone. This is by Mahendra Singh (2010):
    Victor in your Dreams

  14. Bonnetmaker 40 months ago | reply

    The Paul Juraszek Monolith by Marcus Wills (2006):
    The Paul Juraszek Monolith

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