PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE ON HOLIDAY FROM 22/12/2022 UNTIL 03/01/2023.
Orders can still be placed during this period but will only be despatched as normal from 03/01/2023. We expect disruption to deliveries over the next few weeks because of the Postal strikes and the backlog that these will create. Please allow extra time for your order to reach you.

ROYAL MAIL STRIKE ACTION AND LAST POSTING DATES
Because of RM strikes due to take place on 9th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 23rd and 24th of December, there will be disruption to our collections and delays on delivery times. We will be working hard to get your goods out to you but please allow more time for delivery of your orders as a result of the delays this will cause.
Delivery is no longer guaranteed for Christmas.

Alice by Tenniel
Alice in Wonderland by John Tenniel

Like most people, my first encounter with Alice was through the Disney animated film, ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Little did I then know that so much of the characteristaion was taken directly from the illustrations of a Victorian political cartoonist named John Tenniel. Although Tenniel was closely ‘guided’ by the writer, Lewis Carrol, his charming representations, witty embellishments and beautifully observed detail helped to make ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ an immediate best seller and a favourite of generations of children and adults to this day.

He trained at the RA before it’s restrictive rules and very formal approach led him to abandon his studies there to concentrate on honing his skills as an illustrator. This he did very successfully and went on to have a 50 year long career with Punch Magazine and illustrate many classic novels gaining a Knighthood for his artistic achievements in 1893.

Born on this day – 28th February – 200 years ago, I am reminded how much I have admired his work and how much it has influenced my own. It was Lewis Carroll who intrigued me with his marvellous characters but it was Tenniel who made me fall in love with the world of Alice and his drawings that led me to pick up pen and ink to embark on my own journey of illustration. Thank you John Tenniel and Happy Birthday!

Mad Hatter's Tea Party by Kim Curtis

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