Sunday, June 24, 2012

Question from Goetz - Tudor references in Henry Holiday illustrations

This question is about possible references to Tudors in Henry Holiday's illustrations to Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark".

I think, the back cover illustration of the book refers to a painting depicting Queen Elizabeth I at old age:

Then there is a less clear discovery - which may not be a discovery at all but just some phantasy in my mind. In Holiday's illustration (the back cover), there also is a pattern which either could depict letters (if mirrored: "Anmi"?) or just stripes in the waves without any special meaning:

Any idea?

1 comment:

goetzkluge said...

Some time went by and others could take a look at the images. Now I am pretty sure that both of Henry Holiday's book cover illustrations to Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Stark are allusions to paintings depicting Queen Elizabeth I.