Lewis Carroll illustrations on show at Cusworth Hall

Corner of Yorkshire, March 30, Cusworth Hall.
Corner of Yorkshire, March 30, Cusworth Hall.

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 September 28 and Sunday November 24, 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. There will also be a chance to enjoy puppet shows and performances by 2Act Theatre.”

Between Friday and Sunday September 13-15, local company 2Act Theatre will be on site to prepare for the Looking in Wonderland exhibition, with an outdoor theatre performance from 7pm each evening.

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 October 29 and Thursday October 31.