Friday, February 28, 2020

Book Illustration || Sir John Tenniel

Today marks the date of  Sir John Tenniel's birth (200 years ago), 
so what better day to showcase some of his wonderful, Wonderland works.

Alice plays Croquet


Whilst on a boating trip, Alice Liddel (the daughter of a friend)
had asked Lewis Carroll to to tell her a story, this story inspired
the beloved book: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The original manuscript, which features Tenniel's illustrations
is on display at The Morgan Library, in New York.

A Mad Tea Party

Alice Meets the Caterpillar 

"One side will make you grow taller 
and the other side will make you grow shorter."

The White Rabbit

"I'm late! I'm Late!"

Alice Plays Croquet

"I dare say, you haven't had much practice."

Painting the Roses Red

"You're just a pack of cards."

Alice Meets the Cheshire Cat


Alice in Wonderland is the perfect example of the struggles
a young lady faces, in her transition from childhood to
adolescence, on a quest for her own identity and her
understanding of logic, peer pressure and authority.

I think this quote speaks volumes...

"How puzzling all these changes are! I'm never sure
what I'm going to be, from one moment to another."

I'm sure I'll go into this in greater depth, within a later post.


Today, Google remembers Tenniel too,
with an illustration of Alice, in conversation
with the Cheshire Cat, as its Google Doodle.

The doodle was created by Matthew Cruickshank. <click!

Tenniel is not only remembered for his work in
Lewis Carroll's classics though, he also created some 
rather dark images for Punch magazine, where he worked 
as their political cartoonist for more than fifty years.


Many of his works, including prints and engravings, are sold for 
thousands of pounds across the world and displayed for 
public viewing, at the Victoria and Albert Museum.


The Tenniel images within this blog are in the Public Domain
so feel free to use them for your own blog, but also check the
copyright regarding reproduction or use in arts and crafts.


Have a beautiful day!


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