Lewis Carroll’s “gryphon” is based off of ancient re-tellings of the “griffon”. Started from Greek mythology and present in first century Iranian bronzing, medieval Christian tapestries, as well as British or Finnish coats of arms through the centuries, the griffon has diverse representations in Art. This history is of a noble and fierce deity.
Lewis Carroll, however, ironically characterizes a cheerful, working class type of strength in his not so mythical creature. He even changes up the spelling of “griffin” to “gryphon” to show deviation from class-norms. For this reason, my gryphon’s styling is based off of 19th century poor and working class men (chimney sweeps, dock men, laborers) in Britain.