Cover illustration, Henry Holiday (1876)
This page is an attempt to provide a listing of illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s famous epic poem “The Hunting of the Snark”.
I am to a large extent indebted to Selwyn H. Goodacre’s paper “The Listing of the Snark”, which has been included in “The Annotated Hunting of the Snark“ by Martin Gardner.
Minor parts of this list are my own humble work of research, based on the impregnable scientific method of sporadic Google™ searching.
I have added some links to various websites containing samples of the illustrations. If you are a copyright holder to any of this, who do not approve of the link from this page, please let me know and the link will be removed as soon as possible.
This page contains two tables. The first table lists published, illustrated editions of The Hunting of The Snark, in various languages. The second table, at the bottom of the page, reference other artwork attributed to The Hunting of the Snark.
Please tell me about other Snark illustrators of your knowledge! And let me know if any of this information is wrong. E-mail address at the bottom of this page.
|Illustrator||Year||Publisher||Book Title||Language||Comments and links|
|Henry Holiday||1876||Macmillan, London||The Hunting of the Snark||English||These are the original illustrations, which Lewis Carroll ordered
from Henry Holiday. Many later editions of the book has used these
illustrations. A high quality ebook version is available at
For an enlightening paper on these illustrations, see Dr John Tufail’s article “The Illuminated Snark: An enquiry into the relationship between text and illustration in The Hunting of the Snark” (2003). contrariwise.wild-reality.net/illuminatedsnark.pdf (pdf format).
|Gardner C. Teall||1897||Van Vechten & Ellis, Wausau, Wisconsin||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|Peter Newell||1903||Harpers and Bros., New York and London||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|Edward A. Wilson||1933||Peter Pauper Press, New Rochelle, New York||The Hunting of the Snark||English||Book cover on AIGA Design Archives, designarchives.aiga.org/entry.cfm/eid_19213.|
|Cobbledick||1939||Peter Pauper Press, Mount Vernon, New York||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|Mervyn Peake||1941||Chatto & Windus, London||The Hunting of the Snark||English||One of his Snark illustrations, The Bellman, is included here: www.mervynpeake.org/illustrator.html.|
|Ketty Castellucci||1945||Magi-Spinette, Rome, Italy||La Caccia allo Snarco||Italian|
|Gisèle Prassinos||1946||Fontaine, Paris||La Chasse au Snark et Autres Poèmes||French||Book cover and one illustration, from the Internet shop Ursus books and prints. ursusbooks.com/item123622.html.|
|Max Ernst||1950||Editions Premières, Paris, France||La Chasse au Snark||French||Künstlergruppe, web-site
is an Internet Art Exhibition. They display several pages of
Max Ernst art.
The first page shows a bronze-relief illustration from the 1950 French edition, along with some illustrations from the 1968 German edition: www.original-grafik.de/AusstellungErnstFrank02/ernstGeruest0.html.
|1968||Manus Presse, Stuttgart, Germany||Die Jagd Nach dem Schnark||German||The second page contains more illustrations from the German edition, along with the German translation of a few stanzas. www.original-grafik.de/AusstellungErnstFrank02/ernstGeruest1.html.|
|Aldren Watson||1952||Peter Pauper Press, and Mayflower Publishing Co., and Vision Press, New York||The Hunting of the Snark||English||Scanned book cover, displayed on Amazon. www.amazon.com/Hunting-Snark-Nonsense-Wonderland-Looking-Glass/dp/B0007EONW0/ref=cm_ciu_custimg_item_15.|
|Tove Jansson||1959||Two parallell editions:
Bonniers, Sweden +
Shcildt, Helsingfors, Finland
|Snarkjakten||Swedish||Personal web-page of Christian Panse, dedicated to his general
investigations of Tove Jansson’s work.
A note on the Swedish translation: The same Swedish translation was published in parallell editions in Sweden and Finland. Illustrator Tove Jansson belonged to the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland (approx. 5% of the population).
|Agnete Maaløe||1963||Det Schønbergske forlag, Copenhagen||Snarkejagten||Danish||This Danish translation has only one illustration, the Snark pulling a bathing machine. The web-page contains a scanned image of the book cover, along with the complete Danish version of the poem. www.246.dk/snark.html.|
|Kelly Oechsli||1966||Pantheon Books, New York||The Hunting of the Snark||English||One illustration, The Bellman’s blank map, can be found in Michael Sporn’s splog: www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/index.php?s=snark.|
|Peter Vos||1966||De Roos, Utrecht||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|J. L. Carr||196x||J. L. Carr, Kettering||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|Helen Oxenbury||1970||Heinemann, London||The Hunting of the Snark||English||One illustration, The Bellman’s blank map, can be found in Michael Sporn’s splog: www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/index.php?s=snark.|
|Arlene Bennett||1973||Normal, Illinois||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|Byron Sewell||1974||Catalpa Press, London||The Hunting of the Snark||English||Cover illustration on paulfosterbooks.com: www.paulfosterbooks.com/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=666.|
|Harold Jones||1975||The Whittington Press, Andoversford||The Hunting of the Snark||English||One illustration, The Bellman’s blank map, can be found in Michael Sporn’s splog: www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/index.php?s=snark.|
|Ralph Steadman||1975||Michael Dempsey, London||The Hunting of the Snark||English||Antiquarian bookseller Bernard J Shapero internet shop displays two of Steadman’ illustrations. www.shapero.com/rare/book/dept/Literature/cat/art+_and_+photography//item.51036.|
|John Minnion||1976||John Minnion, London||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|Quentin Blake||1976||Folio Society, London||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|Evert Geradts||1977||Drukwerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands||De Jacht op de Strok||Dutch|
|Inge Vogel||1977||Uitgeverij J. Couvreur, The Hague, Netherlands||De Jacht op de Trek||Dutch|
|Annie-Claude Martin||1981||Garance, Paris et Geneva||La Chasse au Snark||French|
|Małgorzata Krasucka||1982||Wydawnictwa Morskie, Gdańsk, Poland||Wyprawa na żmirłacza||Polish||Cover illustration shown here: www.allegro.pl/item453064144_wyprawa_na_zmirlacza_lewis_carroll.html#gallery.|
|Barry Moser||1983||University of California Press||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|Milli Griffi||1985||Studion Tesi, Italy||La caccia allo Squado||Italian|
|Enrico Baj||1986||Grafica Uno, Milano, Italy||La caccia allo Snark||Italian||Book cover and four illustrations can be found on the Domina Art & Design web site. www.dominadesign.com/EN/Giorgio-Upiglio-Baj-Enrico-Carrol-Lewis-La-caccia-allo-Snark-di-Enrico-Baj-409P.aspx.|
|Frank Hinder||1989||Carroll Foundations, Flemington, Australia||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|Danny Kerman||1989||Shva Publishers, Israel||The Hunting of the Snark||Hebrew|
|Leonid Tishkov||1991||Rukitis, Moscow||Охота на Снарка
(Ochota na Snarka)
|Russian||Book cover: www.knigaline.ru/pick/Kerroll_ONS.jpg.|
|Johnathan Dixon||1992||Lewis Carroll Society of North America, New York||The Hunting of the Snark||English||Book cover illustration available from the Lewis Carroll Society web-page:
An illustration of The Bellman’s blank map can be found in Michael Sporn’s splog: www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/index.php?s=snark.
|L Zalesskii||1993||Krug, Moscow||Охота на Снарка
(Ochota na Snarka)
|Axel Tòrgarð||1994||Forlagið Sprotin||Eftir Snarki||Faroese|
|Gavin O’Keefe||1995||Privately printed by Gavin O’Keefe, Victoria Australia||The Hunting of the Snark||English||Book cover on Ramble House web-site. www.ramblehouse.com/GavinGallery/pages/image004.html.|
|Gregory L’homme||1997||Collection Théâtre d’Expressions, France||La Chasse au Snark||French|
|Brian Puttock||1997||Angerona Press, Ryde, Isle of Wight||The Hunting of the Snark Concluded||English||Scanned cover illustration on Blackwell online bookshop: bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/The_Hunting_of_the_Snark_Concluded/9780952250524.|
|Júlio Pomar||1999||La Double vue La Différance, Paris||La Chasse au Snark||French||Portuguesian artist. Scanned book cover on www.arteportuguesa.com.
|Ami Rubinger||2000||Israel||Hebrew||Book illustrations are made available on his web-site
the books displayed use an exotic, funny-looking alphabet.
For the sake of convenience, I add links directly to the Snark illustrations: www.amirubinger.com/image/b4001.jpg, www.amirubinger.com/image/b4002.jpg, www.amirubinger.com/image/b4003.jpg, www.amirubinger.com/image/b4004.jpg, www.amirubinger.com/image/b4005.jpg, www.amirubinger.com/image/b4006.jpg.
|Jan te Wierik||2001||Boekbinderij de Ruiter, Zwolle, Netherlands||De Jacht op de Snark||Dutch||Web-site with some information about this book and a few illustrations: members.home.nl/h.ruizenaar/page8.html.|
|Janusz Stanny||2005||Oficyna Naukowa, Warszawa, Poland||Wyprawa na żmirłacza||Polish||The publishing company displays the cover illustration: www.oficyna-naukowa.com.pl/index.php?page=71.|
|John Vernon Lord||2006||The Inky Parrot Press||The Hunting of the Snark||English|
|Charlotte Lambert||2007||Lux Éditeur, Montréal, Canada||La Chasse au Snark||French||French artist. Book cover illustration on the artist's web page: http://www.charlottelambert.net/illu1/index.html. The Editor provides a pdf file containing the first fit, which includes a blank map and The Beaver.|
|Geneva Rosett-Hafter||2007||Ferrington, London||The Hunting of the Snark||English||Cover illustration shown here: tandempress.com/snark_01/index.html.|
|Robert Saunders||2008||Askerforlaget, Norway||Jakten på Snarken||Norwegian||Illustrations available on http://www.robertsaunders.info|
|Adolf Born||2008||Host, Brno, CZ||Lovení Snárka||Czech||Book cover illustration available on www.nakladatelstvi.hostbrno.cz/img/e-shop/obrazek-3/405.jpg.|
|Illustrator||Year||Comments and links|
|Frits van der Waa||1976||Dutch artist, who has made four nice Snark illustrations available on his personal website. www.xs4all.nl/~fvdwaa/strips/snarke.htm.|
|Patrick Woodroffe||1983||Album cover to Michael Batt’s Musical, on Amazon:
An excerpt from the musical is even available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOBpUGZLziQ.
|Michael Sporn||1989||Michael Sporn Animation Inc. made the film, “The Hunting of the Snark & Jabberwocky”. Sporn also keeps a splog, (which to me looks very much like a blog). On February 14th 2008 the splog entry was about the film. On December 8th 2007 the splog entry disscussed various blank map illustrations. www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/index.php?s=snark.|
|Peggy Guest||2003||Peggy A. Guest, American artist, have made these illustrations for The Hunting of the Snark: www.peggyguest.com/illustration.html.|
|Allan P Williams||2005||This is a book, with illustrations, inspired by the Snark. Quoting froms the book
Lewis Carroll’s long nonsense poem, “The Hunting of the Snark”, about 10 bachelors on a journey of discovery, is here depicted as a sexual journey of discovery, darkly overshadowed by the danger of AIDS.
Scanned book cover, displayed on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Lewis-Carrolls-Hunting-Snark-Agony/dp/0595362435
|Michael Capozzola||2005||According to his own profile presentation at www.pbase.com:
“By night, Michael Capozzola is a comedian.
In the daylight hours, he works as a freelance surveillance caricaturist,
“shadowing” people for clients and creating exquisite pen & ink
renderings of their covert lives.”
One snark illustration on the web-site: www.pbase.com/doctang/image/14299424.
|David Elliot||2006||New Zealand artist. The illustrations are published on his personal web page, www.davidelliot.org.|
|Douglas Salati||2006||I think it is hard to tell if this one is of the kind who do no matter of harm, or if it is the other kind. www.dougsalati.com/snark.html.|
|Mahendra Singh||An amusing, ever evolving blog of Snark illustrations: justtheplaceforasnark.blogspot.com.|
This list of Snark illustrators is compiled by Herbjørn Andresen. Latest update was December 12th, 2008. I have also translated The Hunting of the Snark into Norwegian. My e-mail adress is: