Alice In A Looking Glass

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Alice In A Looking Glass

20 November 201517 April 2016

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Alice in Wonderland at the British Library

LONDON | Celebrating 150 years of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this small exhibition at the British Library recognises the enduring power of Lewis Carroll’s original story and the first illustrations by John Tenniel, the exhibition explores how the story of the girl who went ‘down the rabbit hole’ continues to inspire and entertain 150 years after it was published in 1865.

Although the story has been adapted, appropriated, re-imagined and re-illustrated since its conception, we are still enchanted by Carroll’s original, much loved story, which continues to inspire new generations of writers and illustrators.


Alice’s Adventures Under Ground

One of the British Library’s most loved treasures, Lewis Carroll’s iconic handwritten manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, and an entry from Carroll’s diary detailing the ‘golden afternoon’ on 4 July 1862 when he first told the story to Alice Liddell and her sisters, provides the starting point for the exhibition, as well as the illustrations of John Tenniel, alongside editions by Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dali and others.

So on a cold day drop in and have your own mad tea party in the café and enjoy this free show.


There is also an Alice in Wonderland pop-up shop in the British Library Entrance Hall, until 31 January 2016.

In the Entrance Hall. Admission Free.

Illustration:  Detail from an illustration by Tony Antoniou.


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20 November 2015
17 April 2016
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96 Euston Road,
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