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Art Editorial

alicedrinkme.jpg Curiouser and curiouser

Alice has momentarily decamped from Wonderland to Durham, The Gala Theatre to be precise, for a very special winter exhibition.

I don’t think I would be treading on too many toes if I said that John Tenniel’s illustrations for ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ were some of the most famous in the world. He was actually working as a political cartoonist for Punch magazine when, in 1864, he was approached by Lewis Carroll with the request to illustrate a small nonsense book for children he wished to publish. The subsequent work he did went on to become some of the best-loved illustrations ever published visualising not only Alice but an astonishing array of characters including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the King and Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle and the Cheshire Cat. The exhibition in Durham will feature a selection of the best illustrations from both books. Don’t be late for this very important date.

Looking in Wonderland, 17 November-13 January, The Gala Theatre, Durham. galadurham.co.uk