On the 4th July 1862, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson accompanied by Alice Liddell, her two sisters and the Rev. Robinson Duckworth, took a boat trip from
to Godstow. During the trip, Charles narrated a story about a little girl
and her trip underground. This was to be the basis for Alice’s adventures in Wonderland first
published in July 1865, three years after the now-famous boat trip.
John Tenniel illustrated the first edition but when the copyright on the illustrations expired in 1907, various other artists provided new artwork for
Alice and its sequel through the looking-glass.
While the original Alice (Alice Liddell) had short dark hair, Lewis Carrol gave 'his' Alice long hair, and Tenniel turned it fair! In this 1960s edition, A A Nash stuck with fair hair but styled it into a fashionable bob. The clothing also reflects a more up-to-date
Alice with her blue check dress and white sandals.
In this illustration, a very confident looking
Alice approaches a hookah
smoking Caterpillar with human face and hands!
encounters The Duchess singing a lullaby and giving the baby a violent shake at
the end of every line:
“Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes:
He only does it to annoy,
because he knows it teases.”
I love this courtroom scene. "Consider your verdict," said the King. "No, No!" said the Queen. "Sentence first - verdict afterwards." "Stuff and nonsense!" said
loudly. "Off with her head!" the Queen shouted at the top of her
voice. "Who cares for you?" said Alice. "You're nothing but a pack of
Alice in Wonderland illustrated by A.A Nash is now sold, thank you for your interest.
I've always loved
and have read it many times over the years – but not everyone agrees – Michelle over at Vintage Cobweb has a very different view.
Some previous Alice posts; Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Marjorie Torrey here and Alice in Wonderland tea party here