Alice In Wonderland exhibition opens at Cusworth Hall

One of John Tenniel's illustrations.
One of John Tenniel's illustrations.

Some of the most famous book illustrations in the world will be brought to Cusworth Hall this autumn when a selection of the best of Sir John Tenniel’s illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s two ‘Alice’ books will be on show.

In 1864 John Tenniel, who worked as a political cartoonist for Punch magazine, was approached by Lewis Carroll with the request to illustrate a book for children.

The story, published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was an instant hit with children and adults alike, and from the very start it was agreed that a major part of their success was due to the unique and imaginative illustrations.

The exhibition on show at Cusworth Hall, www.doncaster.gov.uk/cusworthhall, between Saturday 28 September and Sunday 24 November, is a selection of illustrations from both books (about half of the complete number).

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism, said: “The original drawings were made on wooden blocks and then engraved by commercial engravers in London, and the prints on show are a perfect example of the skill of both illustrator and engraver.

“Visitors will have the chance to view a fantastic exhibition and take in the beautiful surrounds of the park.

And alongside the exhibition, children and adults can enjoy a Victorian style puppet show performed by Doncaster’s Pauline Venables from the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild. Drop-in performances of ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ and ‘The Jabberwocky’ will run back-to-back all afternoon on Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 October.