The Bard

2017-09-09, updated: 2018-01-20


 

Bycatch from my Snark hunt:

  • [left] Maurits Cornelis Escher: Cimino Barbarano, 1929 (in Escher’s “Italian” period). This reproduction (strongly shrinked in order to make it unusable for commercial purposes, but large enough for research) of the original print has been horizontally compressed and segments on the right side and of the left side of the image have been removed.
  • [right] John Martin: The Bard, ca. 1817. The colors of the original painting have been completely desaturated and segments on the top and the bottom of the image have been removed.

M. C. Escher probably made his print based on a real landscape which he saw when living in Italy. Or he was inspired by John Martin’s painting. As for John Martin, even though his impressive landscape is related to events in Wales under the rule of Edward I, Martin took inspiration from real alpine landscapes. Martin might have been inspired by a drawing of that alpine scenery.

 

Back to Henry Holiday. I think that he in his illustrations to The Hunting of the Snark there are many references to Martin’s Bard. Below you see a quite good example for such a reference.

Monstrances:

  • [left] Henry Holiday: Illustration to chapter The Vanishing in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, detail
  • [right] John Martin: The Bard, mirror view of a horizontally compressed and vectorized detail.


Monsters:

  • [main image] John Martin: The Bard
  • [inlay] Detail from Henry Holiday’s illustration to the chapter The Beaver’s Lesson in The Hunting of the Snark
  • [inlay in inlay] Detail from The Bard

Horses can turn into playful weeds:

  • [left] Henry Holiday: Illustration to chapter The Vanishing in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, detail
  • [right] John Martin: The Bard, reproduction of a detail.

Yes, it’s cheeky.

  • [main image]: John Martin: The Bard (ca. 1817), by GIMP: contrast enhanced in the rock area & light areas delated & (most of) color removed & Retinex filtering applied
  • [upper inset]: Detail from preperatory draft for Henry Holiday’s illustration (1876) to chapter The Beaver’s Lesson in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark
  • [lower inset]: Henry Holiday: Illustration (1876) to chapter The Beaver’s Lesson in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, detail

 

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