Force Feeding Fish Milk
Force Feeding Fish Milk is the first in a series of three great Scientific illustrations* of the English Victorian era that Italy’s Giovanni Tamponi and I worked on, redrawing the originals to give them a more modern feel and then partially colorizing them. In Force Feeding Fish Milk, we depict the fictional Earl of Winchelsea, Quentin Finch-Hatton, an amateur, aristocratic scientist, following a hunch of his that fish could be force fed milk.
Unfortunately, Finch-Hatton left no papers collating the results of his findings, nor, indeed, why he carried them out in the first place. Until such papers emerge, the Scientific community has no option but to – regretfully – consider his Force Feeding Fish Milk experiment, a folly.
NOTE: The two other great Scientific illustrations were Capitalism Explained & Toilet Brush Telepathy and Giovanni and I also collaborated on The Gull Before The Storm & American Lobster – (coming soon).
It would be remiss of me to not point out that the Force Feeding Fish Milk illustration – and the others in the Scientific Experiments series – are directly inspired by one very ridiculous episode from the Ripping Yarns TV series, Across The Andes By Frog (1977), written by (Monty Python alumni) Michael Palin & Terry Jones. The show depicts a Victorian-era, British explorer, Walter Snetterton, who travels to the Andes in South America, determined to prove his theory that frogs are capable of climbing mountains.
I would like to think that perhaps, the Earl of Winchelsea was a classmate of Snetterton at Eton and that both are respectfully remembered by the school.
NOTE: The original image is scan of a nineteenth century illustration, offered for use in the Public Domain by Karen Hatzigeorgiou