This guide helps you find information about Lewis Carroll's famous children's books, how they inspired later authors and artists, and how the original works have been transformed.
John Tenniel was an accomplished illustrator and political commentator in the Victorian press before he attained iconic status as the first illustrator of Carroll's Alice books. A selection of Tenniel's images for both Alice books illustrate this guide's Getting Started and Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell pages. Tenniel's life work is explored in Artist of wonderland: The life, political cartoons, and illustrations of Tenniel 2005 and Sir John Tenniel: Alice's white night 1991
In the first decade of the 20th century the British copyright expired on Alice's adventures in Wonderland providing an opportunity for other artists, inspired by Carroll's text and Tenniel's illustrations, to produce their own interpretations. Arthur Rackham was one of the first artists to illustrate Alice. His distinctive artwork is shown in the accompanying gallery of images on the right hand side. See also this biography of Rackham.
Other twentieth and twenty first century illustrated versions published overseas include
Tove Jansson, best known for her Moomintroll series, illustrated Carroll's text in this edition Alice's adventures in Wonderland (below at left)
Willy Pogany depicted a wonderful bobby sox Alice's adventures in Wonderland (below at right)
Barry Moser published both Alice volumes (at right below) illustrated with the strong lines of wood block prints Moser provides annotations and details of his own interpretation of the effect these books have had on his creative output.
Click here for Moser's biography on his homepage
Helen Oxenbury's Alice's adventures in Wonderland, Through the looking-glass and what Alice found there (at left below) and an interview recorded with her about her illustrations for 'Alice'
To search for other works by illustrators of Carroll's Alice books, enter the artist's name in the search box and choose Author/Creator from the drop-down menu below the box. Then refine your search by the options shown on the left hand side of your results list.
Or you can do a keyword search with Alice and the illustrators name, for example Alice and Manuela Adreani.
To find biographical books, enter the name of the artist and 'biography' in the large Search box.
To find entries in online or print based biographical dictionaries and encyclopedia, search under the artist's name. Try any of the following resources:
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