Archive for February 7, 2010

The art of Alice through the looking glass

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, DESIGN, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA with tags , , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by echostains

Sir John Tenniel

I love the illustrations of Alice in Wonderland and Alice’s adventures through the looking Glass.  The original Tenniel ones have a charm all of their own and are the ones I remember the most from childhood.  There is  such a lot of information contained in these small drawings and Sir John Tenniel’s style once seen, is unmistakable.

Alice entering the looking glass world by Sir John Tenniel

Tenniel also illustrated for Punch magazine for a  while and did some political sketches like the example below. Amazingly this fine illustrator was blind in one eye. 

Punch magazine william gladstone and the irish land question

Another illustrator that I quite like is Ralph Steadman (b. Wallasey 1936O). Of course these two  artists are from different era’s, but I quite like the clear lines of Steadman’s work, it’s so very stylish.   He has tried to add something new to these well-loved characters – yet he has still made them recognisable.

Ralph Steadman 1972

There is yet another Alice illustrator that I like – one of my favorite authors and who I am re reading at the moment, and that’s Mervyn Peake (b. China 1911-1968). It’s interesting to see the styles of these artists, and how they differ in their original approach to the same subject matter though each working in different eras.

Mervyn Peake 1954

Ralph Steadman’s website HERE

Other Alice illustrator’s HERE