Lugubriously interesting. Didn't see any bats with baby faces though.
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Rick, thank you for the text. The following Bosch paintings may not be the exact ones for which you are searching, but they are close in imagery:


St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child through a Sinful World,
Bosch, c1520



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Date:  Sun, 24 Dec 2006 20:07:16 -0500
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

     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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