kant

 

Given that the majority of depictions of Kant (like the version of him we used a few strips back) show him as the strangely disproportioned, hobgoblin-like character above, I have to assume the portrait of him we’re using in this strip is either extremely flattering, or else Königsberg aged Kant in some awful, awful way. It’s probably the former — as Baldrick astutely observes in Blackadder the Third (set around the same time as Kant lived): “My cousin, Bert Baldrick, Mr. Gainsborough’s butler’s dogsbody, says that all portraits look the same nowadays, since they’re painted to a romantic ideal, rather than as a true depiction of the idiosyncratic facial qualities of the person in question.”

– Nick

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