Hippopotamus Bosch has several triptychs involving Hell,
but none of them seems to have the relevant details.
A tychit to ride?
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From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Hippopotamus and Adoration (Updated)
> David Boyd wrote:
> > HELL [and a goodly number of earthly manifestations thereof ] comes at
> > once to mind...........
> Dear Temur,
> You asked for more Flemish influences upon Eliot. This note for line
> 380 of TWL is taken from http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/790.html
> According to Eliot (Poems, 1910-1930, p. 155), these details were
> inspired by a painting from the school of Hieronymus Bosch (a
> fifteenth-century Dutch artist), one called "Hell" or "The Sinful
> World" and forming a diptych with Bosch's "Deluge." In a part of the
> painting one can see a bat-like creature with dull human features
> crawling headfirst down a rock wall. See Charles de Tolnay, Hieronymus
> Bosch (Basel: Holbein, 1937), plate 25. Bosch's horrific late Gothic
> style shows, with extraordinary vividness, allegories of Hell, the
> fallen world of vice, and wasting self-slaughter.
> This is really a lifting of what Grover Smith wrote first in his
> "T.S. Eliot's Poetry and Plays: A Study in Sources and Meanings",
> pp. 94-5. Smith noted "Poèmes 1910-1930", p. 155 and also noted the
> same place to go to see the painting.
> I've tried to find a copy of the painting on the web but gave up. It
> is an altarpiece in Rotterdam and is actually likely a triptych with a
> missing center panel.
> Rick Parker
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