The renowned illustrator Sir John Tenniel made 92 illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and the sequel Through The Looking Glass.
The 28th February 2020 marks his 200th Birthday.
Who was Sir John Tenniel ?
Sir John Tenniel was born 28th February 1820 in Bayswater, London. It was very clear from a young age that he had a talent for drawing. At the age of 16 he submitted his first work of an oil painting to the exhibition at the Society of British Artists. He was well know for his illustrations, being a political cartoonist and graphic humourist. He was the principal political cartoonist in Punch magazine for over 50 years
He was knighted for his artistic achievements in 1893.
Sir John Tenniel died 25th February 1914.
Alice in Wonderland
In 1865 the author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's tale was published as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll with the illustrations done by John Tenniel. It is said that the first print run of 2,000 copies were held back because John Tenniel objected to the print quality.
Alice in Wonderland is a story about a girl called Alice who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world with peculiar creatures. The tale is loved by children and adults and is known to be one of the most best examples of literary nonsense of it's time.
One of the first creatures that she meets is the White Rabbit, clothed in a waistcoat and jacket with a pocket watch, curiously she follows this rabbit down a rabbit hole where she falls into a hall with many locked doors and all different sizes. She is too large to get through these doors and finds a bottle with the words DRINK ME and cake with the words EAT ME and so the tales begin.....
We have had the pleasure of hand engraving the Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit on a pair of personalised cufflinks. Every minute detail has been taken into account from the checked jacket to the pocket watch in his hand. All this was done with the aid of a microscope which magnifies upto 30 times. The engraving was done by hand by our craftsman with small chisel like tools.