Millions of readers know and love Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but far fewer know that the first published edition of Lewis Carroll's beloved tale was illustrated by an English knight who was blind in one eye. Sir John Tenniel (English, 1820-1914) was a popular political cartoonist for the British humour magazine Punch when Carroll asked him to draw Alice. Tenniel's artistry, gentlemanly good humour, and political good taste had earned the admiration and respect of readers and politicians alike, and would lead to his knighthood in 1893. A Londoner from birth, Tenniel briefly attended the Royal Academy of Arts but was largely self-taught as an artist. Blessed with a keen intellect and a photographic memory, Tenniel drew on his own powers of observation rather than sketching from models or photographs. His imagination and expressive style brought Alice and her adventures to life on the page.
Inside this colouring book are twenty outlined illustrations. Tenniel's full-colour illustrations are reproduced on the inside of the front and back covers.