The Great Land Sea Serpent

The Great Land Sea Serpent

Unknown artist

Wood engraving

9 x 6 inches

The Puppet Show 2 (1849): 87

The serpent’s currency as a satirical tool that was nevertheless infused with mystery and menace is reflected in this design. Though ridiculous, the creature, which is figured as a serpentine train, is shown gobbling up investors. Mythological monstrosity is thus applied to current events and becomes a mechanism of topical observation.

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  • Victorian Cryptozoology: The Great Sea-Serpent and its Cultural Representations
  • Image capture and text by Simon Cooke.

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