Every art critic’s favourite map is the Bellman’s Map of the Ocean, which appears as a navigating tool onboard a ship in Lewis Carroll’s ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ (1874–6). ‘He had bought a large map representing the sea,’ Carroll’s rhyme goes, ‘Without the least vestige of land: / And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be / A map they could all understand.’ The map turns out to be a blank piece of paper, a…
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