Saturday, October 22, 2005

Holiday Snark

“Leave him here to his fate—it is getting so late!”
 The Bellman exclaimed in a fright.
“We have lost half the day. Any further delay,
 And we sha’nt catch a Snark before night!”

hunting of the snark illustration

These images are the original caricaturish illustrations by Henry Holiday that accompanied Lewis Carroll's 1876 comic poem, The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in Eight Fits).

All 9 original Holiday illustrations are displayed, together with a reproduction of the text of The Hunting of the Snark at the University of Adelaide Library.

UPDATE (Feb. 2009): See this interesting pdf - mentioned by Goetz in a comment below - that provides some compelling evidence about the historical illustration origins/inspiration for Holiday's drawings in 'The Hunting of the Snark'.


dinesh said...

Fantastic! This is the version that i read the Snark poem, ie the illustrations are so took me way back in time. Thanks!

goetzkluge said...

These illustrations have a interesting history:

peacay said...

Goetz: wow! Thanks very much, that pdf of yours is really interesting.

goetzkluge said...

Here is an update on "The Hunting of the Snark":
Best regards from Munich

goetzkluge said...

Holiday even may have included a small picture of Carroll into one of his illustrations to the Snark. I put an image related to that illustration into an gallery ("lewis caroll" tag): (You can vote for or against the images in that gallery.)

goetzkluge said...

The comparisons now are on Flickr:

goetzkluge said...

My Snark comparisons moved:

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