Bacon and the Jabberwock

May 9 2013

Unless I am googling lazily, this hasn’t been said, but surely it’s obvious. Francis Bacon was influenced by Tenniel’s illustration of the Jabberwock in Through the Looking-Glass.

Even Wikipedia’s detailed dedicated page on influences on Bacon doesn’t mention Tenniel. It mentions Eisenstein, and to see what they mean, go to their main Bacon page.

See Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944) and others.

My grandfather was fond of saying that Tenniel’s illustrations for Alice were the best ever made for a book, or books.

The nineteenth century (old post).

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