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Illustrating ‘Alice’ – Some views of Wonderland Elizabeth Merry Thursday 04 July 2019

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (published 1865) transformed children’s literature with its fantastic originality and brilliant use of nonsense. Since then it has never been out of print, has been translated into many languages and has spawned not only imitators but also a huge amount of analytical commentary. We start with the origins of the book and its first illustrators – the writer himself and then Sir John Tenniel. So iconic was the book that as soon as it came out of copyright a host of artists produced their own versions – including Arthur Rackham, Mabel Lucie Attwell and Charles Robinson (brother of Thomas Heath Robinson). Throughout the 20th century we see how illustrators reflect different aspects of the book as well as the preoccupations of their own times. We look further at some of the most interesting artistic portrayals including those by Willy Pogany, Mervyn Peake, Jonathan Miller, and Salvador Dali, and will end with one or two current interpretations.

 Elizabeth has over 25 years' experience lecturing on a range of subjects including classical art and architecture, aspects of the visual arts and the links between literature and art. She has lectured for the Universities of Bristol and Southampton Departments of Continuing Education, Royal Society of Arts, the Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and the Brussels Brontë Societies, and many literary, historical and philosophical societies nationwide. Has also lectured on study tours throughout Europe and the UK, and also Australia and New Zealand.