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The Hunting of the Snark
The Hunting of the Snark is a nonsense poem by the English writer Lewis Carroll, telling the story of ten characters who cross the ocean to hunt a mysterious creature known as the Snark. The poem was published in 1876 with illustrations by Henry Holiday. This is the eighth plate from Holiday's illustrations, accompanying "Fit the Sixth: The Barrister's Dream". The Barrister, one of the crew members, sleeps and dreams of witnessing the trial of a pig accused of deserting its sty. The Snark is depicted in the foreground, acting as the defence barrister and dressed in robe and wig – the nearest to an illustration of the creature in the set. The Barrister is ultimately woken by the Bellman's bell ringing in his ear, as seen in the bottom left.Illustration credit: Henry Holiday; restored by Adam Cuerden