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Sir John Tenniel Collection

Sir John Tenniel was a renowned British artist known for his iconic illustrations that brought to life the whimsical world of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

Background imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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 imageSir John 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

Background imageSir John Tenniel Collection: A Rabbit as court official blowing a trumpet for an announcement, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

A Rabbit as court official blowing a trumpet for an announcement, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
A Rabbit as court official blowing a trumpet for an announcement, 1889. Lewis Carrolls (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel (1820-1914)

Background imageSir John 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 imageSir John Tenniel Collection: Alice and animals. Chaos and the court, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel

Alice and animals. Chaos and the court, 1889. Artist: John Tenniel
Alice and animals. Chaos and the court, 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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Sir John Tenniel was a renowned British artist known for his iconic illustrations that brought to life the whimsical world of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. His talent and creativity are evident in his various works, such as "Dropping the Pilot" where he captures the political tension of the time with precision and depth. In "Off with her head. Alice and the Red Queen, " Tenniel showcases his ability to convey emotion through intricate details, making us feel Alice's fear and confusion. The mischievous grin of The Cheshire Cat looking down at the Red King and Queen having an argument is a testament to Tenniel's ability to capture characters' personalities effortlessly. In "The King and Queen of Hearts in Court, " Tenniel transports us into Wonderland's court, where chaos ensues under their rule. His attention to detail shines through again in "The Cook, " where he brings this character to life with vivid colors and expressive features. In "Telescopic Philanthropy, " we witness Tenniel's satirical side as he critiques society's approach towards charity during Victorian times. Tenniel also collaborated with Joseph Swain on several pieces like "Happy Hampstead. " which portrays a lively scene filled with joyous people enjoying nature. Their collaboration extends further in works like "The Conservative Programme" and "A Railway Revolution, " where they use artistry to comment on political issues prevalent during their era. Even outside of Wonderland, Sir John Tenniel continued captivating audiences with his timeless illustrations like those depicting the caterpillar on his mushroom or showing how Alice grew larger than life itself. Through these artworks, Sir John Tenniel left an indelible mark on both children’s literature and art history, showcasing his immense talent as an illustrator who could bring imagination to reality through every stroke of his pen or brush.