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John Tenniel Collection

John Tenniel was a renowned artist whose illustrations have left an indelible mark on the world of literature and political satire

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice looking at a small door behind a curtain, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice looking at a small door behind a curtain, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice looking at a small door behind a curtain, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914). From Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice and the Cheshire Cat, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice and the Cheshire Cat, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice and the Cheshire Cat, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914). From Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. [Macmillan & Co

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The King and Queen of Hearts in Court, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

The King and Queen of Hearts in Court, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
The King and Queen of Hearts in Court, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914). From Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland
Vintage colour lithograph of Alice and the Dodo, from Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Artist: John Tenniel

Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Artist: John Tenniel
Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) Prussian/German statesman, resigned as Chancellor, together with his son the German foreign minister

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Off with her head! Alice and the Red Queen, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

Off with her head! Alice and the Red Queen, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
Off with her head! Alice and the Red Queen, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914). From Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Cheshire Cat looking down at the Red King and Queen having an argument, 1889

The Cheshire Cat looking down at the Red King and Queen having an argument, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
The Cheshire Cat looking down at the Red King and Queen having an argument, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914)

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Queen of Hearts, 1930. Artist: John Tenniel

The Queen of Hearts, 1930. Artist: John Tenniel
The Queen of Hearts, 1930. The Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland. After an illustration by John Tenniel (1820-1914) colour printed by Edward Evans (1826-1905)

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Telescopic Philanthropy, 1865. Artist: John Tenniel

Telescopic Philanthropy, 1865. Artist: John Tenniel
Telescopic Philanthropy, 1865. Little London Arab. Please M, Ain t We Black Enough to be Cared For? (With Mr. Punchs Compliments to Lord Stanley.) In his novel, Bleak House

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Cook, 1930. Artist: John Tenniel

The Cook, 1930. Artist: John Tenniel
The Cook, 1930. The Cook from Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland. After an illustration by John Tenniel (1820-1914) colour printed by Edward Evans (1826-1905)

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Happy Hampstead!, 1875. Artist: Joseph Swain

Happy Hampstead!, 1875. Artist: Joseph Swain
Happy Hampstead!, 1875. A suburban family is shown enjoying a day out in the park. Behind them lurk the shrouded and menacing figures of Smallpox and Fever

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Scene from The Mad Hatters Tea Party, c. 1865 (pen and brown ink)

Scene from The Mad Hatters Tea Party, c. 1865 (pen and brown ink)
985961 Scene from The Mad Hatters Tea Party, c.1865 (pen and brown ink) by Tenniel, John (1820-1914); 12.5x9.9 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Scene from The Mad Hatters Tea Party)

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Conservative Programme, 1872. Artist: Joseph Swain

The Conservative Programme, 1872. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Conservative Programme, 1872. This cartoon shows Benjamin Disraeli, the Conservative Leader of the Conservative Party. He is being questioned by Lord Abercorn about the Conservative policy

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: A Railway Revolution, 1874. Artist: Joseph Swain

A Railway Revolution, 1874. Artist: Joseph Swain
A Railway Revolution, 1874. A large lady seeks advice from the Railway guard at St Pancras. From Punch, or the London Charivari, October 10, 1874

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice and the Cheshire Cat, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice and the Cheshire Cat, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice and the Cheshire Cat, c1910. From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. [W. Butcher & Sons, London, c1910]

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The caterpillar on his mushroom, c1900

The caterpillar on his mushroom, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 776. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter I

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: She grew and grew, c1900

She grew and grew, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 776. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter I. Down The Rabbit Hole. [W

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: There was a mouse splashing about, c1900

There was a mouse splashing about, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 776. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter I

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Curiouser and curiouser, cried Alice, c1900

Curiouser and curiouser, cried Alice, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 776. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter I

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Down the Rabbit Hole, c1900

Down the Rabbit Hole, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 776. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter I. Down The Rabbit Hole. [W

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: And then the whole pack rose up into the air, c1900

And then the whole pack rose up into the air, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 778. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter III

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: What do you know about this business?, c1900

What do you know about this business?, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 778. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter III

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice was growing larger again, c1900

Alice was growing larger again, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 778. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter III

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Mad Hatter and the March Hare trying to put the Dormouse into a teapot, c1910

The Mad Hatter and the March Hare trying to put the Dormouse into a teapot, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel
The Mad Hatter and the March Hare trying to put the Dormouse into a teapot, c1910. From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. [W. Butcher & Sons, London, c1910]

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Off with her head! Alice and her Red Queen, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel

Off with her head! Alice and her Red Queen, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel
Off with her head! Alice and her Red Queen, c1910. From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. [W. Butcher & Sons, London, c1910]

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice at the Mad Hatters Tea Party, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice at the Mad Hatters Tea Party, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice at the Mad Hatters Tea Party, c1910. From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. [W. Butcher & Sons, London, c1910]

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Mad Hatter, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

The Mad Hatter, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
The Mad Hatter, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914). From Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. [Macmillan & Co

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The White Rabbit with a watch, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

The White Rabbit with a watch, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
The White Rabbit with a watch, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914). From Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. [Macmillan & Co

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice and the Cheshire Cat, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice and the Cheshire Cat, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice and the Cheshire Cat, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914). From Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. [Macmillan & Co

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice, the Duchess, and the Baby, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice, the Duchess, and the Baby, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice, the Duchess, and the Baby, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914). From Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice looking at the bottle with the sign drink me, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice looking at the bottle with the sign drink me, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice looking at the bottle with the sign drink me, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914)

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice and the Dodo, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice and the Dodo, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice and the Dodo, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914). From Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. [Macmillan & Co

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Mock Turtle, 1930. Artist: John Tenniel

The Mock Turtle, 1930. Artist: John Tenniel
The Mock Turtle, 1930. The Mock Turtle from Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland. After an illustration by John Tenniel (1820-1914) colour printed by Edward Evans (1826-1905)

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Bottle, 1930. Artist: John Tenniel

The Bottle, 1930. Artist: John Tenniel
The Bottle, 1930. The bottle drunk by Alice that causes her to shrink. From Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Irish Frankenstein, 1882. Artist: Joseph Swain

The Irish Frankenstein, 1882. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Irish Frankenstein, 1882. An awestruck Charles Parnell of the Irish Nationalist Party is crouching before his Creature which is depicted with the usual simian features of the Irishman in Punch

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Vae Victis!, 1871

Vae Victis!, 1871. The newly proclaimed Emperor of Germany, in the helmet of Victory, leads his troops into the French capital over the fallen body of Paris

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The New Years Gift, 1858

The New Years Gift, 1858. This cartoon shows Sir Colin Campbell presenting the leashed tiger of India to Palmerston who, rather in the manner of a lion tamer, shelters nervously behind a chair

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Save Me from my Friends!, 1878. Artist: Joseph Swain

Save Me from my Friends!, 1878. Artist: Joseph Swain
Save Me from my Friends!, 1878. The Ameer of Afghanistan stands between the Russian bear, jaws dripping with saliva, and the British lion with teeth bared

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice with knight and horse illustration, (Alices Adventures in Wonderland)

Alice with knight and horse illustration, (Alices Adventures in Wonderland)
Page scanned from an original book dated 1870, this is a colour illustration by John Tenniel from Lewis Carrolls Through the Looking-glass

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice meets a very large puppy, c1900

Alice meets a very large puppy, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 776. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter I

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: There goes Bill, c1900

There goes Bill, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 776. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter I. Down The Rabbit Hole. [W

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: That you won t, thought Alice, c1900

That you won t, thought Alice, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 776. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter I

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Very soon they came upon the Gryphon, c1900

Very soon they came upon the Gryphon, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 778. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter III

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Only the Cats Head appeared, c1900

Only the Cats Head appeared, c1900. After the illustrations by John Tenniel. From Coloured Lantern Slides - Primus Junior Lecturers Series: No. 778. Alice in Wonderland. Chapter III. Who Stole Tarts

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice at the Mad Hatters Tea Party, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice at the Mad Hatters Tea Party, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice at the Mad Hatters Tea Party, c1910. From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. [W. Butcher & Sons, London, c1910]

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: Alice holding a pig in her arms. c1910. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice holding a pig in her arms. c1910. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice holding a pig in her arms. c1910. From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. [W. Butcher & Sons, London, c1910]

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Frog Footman delivers the invitation, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel

The Frog Footman delivers the invitation, c1910. Artist: John Tenniel
The Frog Footman delivers the invitation, c1910. From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. [W. Butcher & Sons, London, c1910]

Background imageJohn Tenniel Collection: The Mock Turtle, Alice and The Gryphon, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

The Mock Turtle, Alice and The Gryphon, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
The Mock Turtle, Alice and The Gryphon, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914). From Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll



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John Tenniel was a renowned artist whose illustrations have left an indelible mark on the world of literature and political satire. With his incredible talent, he brought to life iconic scenes from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" series, capturing the whimsy and imagination that has enchanted readers for generations. In "Dropping the Pilot, " Tenniel showcases his skill in depicting historical events, illustrating the dramatic moment when Otto von Bismarck resigned as German Chancellor. His attention to detail and ability to convey emotion through art is evident in this powerful piece. Tenniel's portrayal of Alice and the Red Queen in "Off with her head. " captures the intensity of their encounter. The tension between them is palpable as Alice confronts the formidable monarch, highlighting Tenniel's ability to create dynamic compositions that draw viewers into the scene. "The Queen of Hearts" stands as another testament to Tenniel's artistic prowess. This captivating illustration perfectly encapsulates Carroll's vivid description of a tyrannical queen ruling over her subjects with an iron fist. Through his intricate linework and expressive characters, Tenniel brings this fantastical world to life. One cannot discuss John Tenniel without mentioning his depiction of The Cheshire Cat looking down at the Red King and Queen having an argument. With mischievous eyes peering out from its enigmatic grin, this iconic character adds depth and intrigue to Carroll's narrative while showcasing Tenniel's mastery at creating memorable characters. Tenniel also delved into political satire with pieces like "Telescopic Philanthropy. " Here, he cleverly critiques society’s superficial acts of charity by portraying wealthy individuals using telescopes instead of genuinely engaging with those they aim to help—a thought-provoking commentary still relevant today. His collaboration with Joseph Swain resulted in works such as "Happy Hampstead. " which humorously depicts Victorian leisure activities while offering social commentary on class dynamics within society—an example of Tenniel's ability to merge art and satire seamlessly.