Alice In Wonderland exhibition opens at Cusworth Hall

One of John Tenniel's illustrations.

One of John Tenniel's illustrations.

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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.

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