Götz Kluge
Sep 5, 2015 · 1 min read

Henry Holiday’s “The Hunting of the Snark”

On Illustrations by Henry Holiday to Lewis Carroll’s Tragedy

[left]: The Banker after his encounter with the Bandersnatch, depicted in Henry Holiday’s
illustration (1876, woodcut by Joseph Swain for block printing) to the chapter The Banker’s Fate in Lewis
Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (scanned from an 1876 edition of the book)
[right]: a redrawn and horizontally compressed reproduction of The Image Breakers (1566–1568)
aka Allegory of Iconoclasm, an etching by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (British Museum, Dept. of
Print and Drawings, 1933.1.1..3). See also: http://nose.snrk.de

Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn,
dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird.
Und wenn du lange in den Abgrund blickst,
blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.

He who fights with monsters might take care
lest he thereby become a monster.
And if you gaze for long into an abyss,
the abyss gazes also into you.

{Friedrich Nietzsche}

All art is infested by other art
{Leo Steinberg, Art about Art, 1979}

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