Sir John Tenniel
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass and What She Found There contain the well-known illustrations of Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914).
While most of Tenniel's illustrations were based on Carroll's drawings in Alice's Adventures Underground and Carroll's specifications, Tenniel's illustrations are among the finest ever produced. Each illustration was drawn on boxwood; the illustration was then sent to the engravers who engraved the block for printing. The remarkable detail and obvious care of Tenniel's illustrations despite this rather clumsy technique attest to the skill of both Tenniel and the engravers.
While most contemporary readers of Alice see little more than a childrens story, Victorian adults may have had a much different experience. Well known for his caricatures in Punch, a popular political magazine, Tenniel satirised political leaders and events. In fact, many scholars claim Alice characters are reminiscent of Tenniel's Punch drawings.
Image: Photograph of John Tenniel. The Tenniel Illustrations to the "Alice" Books. Michael Hancher. Ohio State University, 1985.