John Tenniel

John Tenniel
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Self-portrait of John Tenniel, c. 1889
Born(1820-02-28)28 February 1820
London, England
Died25 February 1914(1914-02-25) (aged 93)
London, England
Known forIllustration, children's literature, political cartoons

Sir John Tenniel (/ˈtɛniəl/;[1] 28 February 1820 – 25 February 1914)[2] was an English illustrator, graphic humourist and political cartoonist prominent in the second half of the 19th century. An alumnus of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, he was knighted for artistic achievements in 1893, the first such honour ever bestowed on an illustrator or cartoonist.

Tenniel is remembered mainly as the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine for over 50 years and for his illustrations to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871). Tenniel's detailed black-and-white drawings remain the definitive depiction of the Alice characters, with comic book illustrator and writer Bryan Talbot stating, "Carroll never describes the Mad Hatter: our image of him is pure Tenniel."[3]

  1. ^ Jones, Daniel (2011). Roach, Peter; Setter, Jane; Esling, John (eds.). Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (18th ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-15255-6.
  2. ^ Johnson, Lewis (2003), "Tenniel, John", Grove Art Online, Oxford Art Online, Oxford University Press. Web. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Insight: The enduring charm of Alice in Wonderland". The Scotsman. Retrieved 11 July 2022.

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