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ALICE THROUGH the AGES

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The first pub­lished edi­tion of Alice’s Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land was ac­com­pa­nied by il­lus­tra­tions by John Ten­niel, and they re­main some of the most iconic still to­day. In 1907, the copy­right on Alice ex­pired, and a rush of new artists pub­lished their own ver­sions of the story. Here are just a few of the mem­o­rable ones:

1907: Arthur Rack­ham, pro­lific il­lus­tra­tor of chil­dren’s fairy tales, breathed new life into Won­der­land with art­work that skewed slightly more re­al­is­tic than Ten­niel’s.

1916: Mar­garet Winifred Tar­rant com­bined mod­ern and clas­sic in­flu­ences, turn­ing Won­der­land into a pas­toral dream­scape.

1922: Gertrude Kay de­picts a ver­sion of Alice in white tights and rosy cheeks, re­mind­ing read­ers how young their in­trepid hero­ine is sup­posed to be.

1929: Alice be­comes a bobbed-haired flap­per as Hun­gar­ian il­lus­tra­tor Willy Po­gany brings her into the Jazz Age.

1945: A. A. Nash’s whole­some ver­sion of Alice would not be out of place in a Fun with Dick and Jane book.

1969: Sur­re­al­ist pain­ter Sal­vador Dali cre­ated his own trippy, vi­brant world that would be only faintly fa­mil­iar to even the most diehard

Alice fans.

1988: Cana­dian print­maker Ge­orge Walker cre­ated stark im­ages of Alice and her co­horts from de­tailed wood cutouts.

1999: He­len Ox­en­bury’s adap­ta­tion won her the pres­ti­gious Kate Green­away Medal for chil­dren’s book il­lus­tra­tion, the sec­ond for the English writer.

2003: Robert Sabuda adds Car­roll’s book to his reper­toire of im­mer­sive and im­pres­sive pop-up books, giv­ing read­ers the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence Won­der­land in 3D along­side Alice. Il­lus­tra­tor Ge­orge Walker will be giv­ing a lec­ture, “Il­lus­trat­ing Alice,” on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 8 at p.m. at the Lil­lian H. Smith Li­brary in Toronto, 239 Col­lege Street, Toronto. See dif­fer­ent ver­sions of this Alice in per­son at “Thus Grew the Tale of Won­der­land: Alice Turns 150” ex­hibit on un­til De­cem­ber 5, 2015, pre­sented by Os­borne Col­lec­tion of Early Chil­dren’s Books at Lil­lian H. Smith Li­brary in Toronto.

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