Millions of readers know and love Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
, but far fewer know that the first published edition of Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale was illustrated by an English knight who was blind in one eye. Sir John Tenniel (English, 1820–1914) was a popular political cartoonist for the British humor magazine Punch
when Carroll asked him to draw Alice
. Tenniel’s artistry, gentlemanly good humor, and political good taste had earned the admiration and respect of readers and politicians alike, and would lead to his knighthood in 1893.
A Londoner from birth, Tenniel briefly attended the Royal Academy of Arts but was largely self-taught as an artist. Blessed with a keen intellect and a photographic memory, Tenniel drew on his own powers of observation rather than sketching from models or photographs. His imagination and expressive style brought Alice and her adventures to life on the page.
Inside this coloring book are twenty outlined illustrations from The Nursery “Alice”: Containing Twenty Coloured Enlargements from Tenniel’s Illustrations to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
,” which Carroll adapted for “children from nought to five.” Tenniel’s full-color illustrations are reproduced on the inside of the front and back covers. We’ve also included a few blank pages at the end of the book, so you can draw and color your own adventures as well as Alice’s.
Sample of Selections:
- The White Rabbit, from Chapter I, “The White Rabbit.”
- Drink me, from Chapter II, “How Alice Grew Tall.”
- Alice with a long neck, from Chapter II, “How Alice Grew Tall.”
- Alice and the Mouse in the Pool of Tears, from Chapter III, “The Pool of Tears.”
- The Caucus-Race, from Chapter IV, “The Caucus-Race.”