Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Old, but Odd

This is one of those old, but odd, images that is too good to toss, but too . . . strange . . . to know what to do with. Some odd little critters in the water.

Archie MacGregor — Katawampus — 1900ish


Annie said...

Very odd, but definitely compelling. Do you know anything about the artist or the story? The man seems like a Gulliver of sorts, but the other figures don't correspond. Is it a frontispiece for a number of tales?

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Gulliveresque, yes, but I have no idea on any of that. This was a page in an old book of vintage drawings. It seems that the book's title is Katawampus, but I don't find it at the Internet Archive.

muratiskender said...

Can't find any info on the artist on the Net. Only that he seems to have illustrated a book called

Butterscotia or A Cheap Trip to Fairyland by Sir Edward Abbott Parry.


Annie said...

It's complete title is Katawampus: It's Treatment and Cure. It's available through Abe Books. I have no idea yet what the title means, but I am intrigued.

The link takes you to the bibliographic listing and a picture of the frontispiece and title page.

Anonymous said...

You may not have thought you knew what to do with this single piece, but blogging it is a GREAT way of ensuring it's not lost to us
Thanks once again

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

And Norman, leaving that kind of comment is a great way of validating what I'm doing with this blog. I need to know that I'm not just wasting my time and everyone elses'.

Anonymous said...

Katawampus has always meant "askew" or "out of place" where I come from.
Fits the illustration just fine.
Thanks for the post!