John Tennial’s 19th-century Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrations are the most evocative and memorable characterisations when we think of Carroll’s books.
He forged a style, which has influenced subsequent illustrated editions of the Alice books, and even animations.
This exhibition, put on in celebration of the apparently significant 181st birthday of the late Carroll, reminds us that he also took pleasure in writing nonsense poems, and was known as a photographer, mathematician, and logician.
The idea of looking at Carroll’s whole world and the bringing together of artists with markedly different styles should provide a broad interpretation.
One artist Eileen Kwan says, ‘Some people have looked at Carroll himself, or his writings. I’m looking at Alice in Wonderland and Abi [Moulder] has looked at his nonsense poems.’
Much of the work is still being finished, but Lefki Savvidou has already completed an angular black-and-white portrait impression of Carroll and Alex Moore has captured an austere Queen of Hearts with flamingo detailing.
Work for a gallery window display based on The Pool of Tears chapter in Alice in Wonderland has already been completed.
Curiouser and Curiouser will run from 24-30 January at the Curious Duke Gallery, 207 Whitecross Street, London, EC1. All of the pieces will be for sale.