Religion and Liberty
Care and Hope

2009-07-09

  • [top segments]: Unknown artist (1674), Fig. 4/4 to the orartie van de Professor L. Wolsogen over syndroom en de nytlegging van de felue gadaen … . The animals are based on illustrations by M. Gheeraerts the Elder to Aesop’s Fables. (Print now is located at British Museum, BM Satires 1047, reg.no.: 1868,0808.3286)
  • [bottom segments]: Henry Holiday (1876), two details from an illustration to the chapter The Hunting in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (woodcut by Joseph Swain)

 

The 1674 print is on the right side. The animals in that print are based on illustrations by M. Gheeraerts the Elder to Aesop’s Fables. (The print now is located at British Museum, BM Satires 1047, reg.no.: 1868,0808.3286.) This print depicts William III as well as the allegorical figures for “religion” and “liberty”. In his illustration (left side), Henry Holiday probably alluded to that 1674 print. What is evidently known is that he discussed with Dodgson (Carroll) about the possible allegorical depiction of “care” and “hope”:

When I sent Mr. Dodgson she sketch of the hunting, in which I had personified Hope and Care

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care,
They pursued it with forks and hope

he wrote that he admired the figures, but that they interfered with the points, which consisted in the mixing up of meanings of the word “with”. I replied, “Precisely, and I intend to add a third – ‘in company with’ – and so develop the point.” This view he cordially accepted, and the ladies were admitted.

(Henry Holiday, The Snark’s Significance, 1898-01-29)

 

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