William Blake and Bad Taxidermy

I’ve always wondered a bit (and I’m not alone) at the facial expression of the Tyger in Blake’s “The Tyger” — it tends to look a bit silly and sheepish when compared to the destructive and dangerous animal described in the poem. The link below to a series of images of bad taxidermy on io9, however, makes me wonder if Blake was just following a bad model. The very first image is of a 1731 lion reconstructed from a pelt and bones by a taxidermist who had never seen a lion. The cougar about halfway down (copied below) almost looks … Continue reading William Blake and Bad Taxidermy

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