John Watson Davis

Born in Brooklyn (1870), John Watson Davis started his art education in Paris, after moving to Europe with his family at the age of ten. His father was also a book illustrator. His long career as illustrator is recognised,  in addition to his religious commissions, mostly by his drawings for Edgar Allan Poe novels and the Zane Grey tales of Sherlock Holmes.

J. Watson Davis drawing of Alice Adventures in Wonderland is hard to date with precision. There are two different editions, both including also Alice Through the Looking-Glass. The blue edition displays 8 colour plates, the red one only 4. Interestingly enough, these plates are different between books, despite both books being published by A.L. Burts (New York). If the blue book was published in 1901, and the red one in 1905,  is really hard to confirm, since none of them displays a printing date. What seems to be certain, is that this illustrated Alice was commercialized before 1907, this is, prior to the original Tenniel rights ceasing.

A. L. BURT , the publisher, was one of the first to use color, albeit only using orange (or light red). In both editions, J. Watson Davis drawings are very coherent, showing all of them the same halftone Alice, with orange details and a pale skin color.

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Emma Chichester Clark

Emma Chichester Clark grew up in the countryside in Ireland in an old  farmhouse that inspired her first works. She studied graphic design at the Chelsea Art School in the 70s and  post-graduated in illustration at the Royal College of Art.  In 88, she won the Mother Goose Award for best newcomer, with “Listen to this” , a collection of seven picture books. Her nice illustrations fill the pages of many books that can be visited using this link. You may also enjoy her PLUMDOG BLOG.

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Emma Chichester Clark illustrated Alice is a faithful condensed form of the original story, beautifully illustrated with new vivid versions of the mad characters brought to our imaginarium by Lewis Carroll. Alice itself seems to be inspired on the Madeline books. This retold Alice was first published in 2009 by Harper Collins.

 

Willy Pogany

Willy Pogány  (born Vilmos Andreas Pogány) was a  Hungarian book illustrator recognized by his pen and ink drawings (although also mastering  warm pastels, watercolors and  oil). Most of his work fits into an Art Nouveau “fairy-tale” orientated style, abundant in mythical and magic creatures. He studied art in Paris, where he struggled for two years before moving to London. In London he produced some of his masterpieces, such as the The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a major poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. During this period, Willy Pogány  became a Fellow of the London Royal Society of Art and received several awards. Ten years later (in 1914), he left to the US, extending his productions to different fields, including animated movies.

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His talented illustrations are a perfect match for the wonders Alice found down the rabbit-hole. Pogány’s Alice was first published in 1929 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company), portraying a “jazz age” young lady that become known as the “flapper Alice”.

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Ada Leonora Bowley

Ada Bowley is another example of skilled Golden Age illustrator (1880s to the 1930s) that have produced a version of Alice in the Wonderland. Pook Press has celebrated this proficuous  period by reproducing several books first printed at that time, including several early editions of illustrated Alices. Ada Bowley art work for Alice, dated from 1921, was also reprinted more recently by Pook Press.

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Bowley was an illustrator of children books, producing complex and beautifully coloured images. The original book was a “Come to Life” Panorama unfolding edition, where no credit is given to the illustrator (A. Bowley). Raphael Tuck later published a full book displaying a beautiful pop-up composition and many colour and black and white illustrations, where Ada is finally recognised as the illustrator (she worked for Raphael Tuck as a postcard illustrator and designer for years).

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Charles Robinson

Robinson’s Alice was printed in 1907 when Carroll’s text came into the public domain. Along with it, two full hands of other Alice versions were also published in 1907, contributing to justify why this was the “Golden Age of Illustration”.  Robison was a creative illustrator,  almost every page of his Alice in the Wonderland contains fascinating full-page drawings or beautiful colour plates, showing unusual inventive page layouts. I am not sure  what is more impressive in this book… the colour plates, the black-and-white work, or the many narrow vignettes running through the text.

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Charles Robinson was born in London (Islington) in 1870, he took night lessons in illustration, while working during the day. Due to his early unfortunate financial condition, he was not able to accept a place at the Royal Academy. However, his highly productive career granted him a place at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, one of the societies in the Federation of British Artists (Mall Galleries, London).

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Alice in the Wonderland, illustrated by Charles Robinson, printed in 1907 by Cassel (there is also a recent edition from Pook Press, 2013).

Benjamin Lacombe

Lacombe offers a subversive version of Alice. This French illustrator celebrated the 150 years of Alice with a magnificent piece of surrealist fantasy. Of note, Lacombe also wrote many of his illustrated works, which are clearly intended for a more adult audience. He obtained his degree in Paris, at “L´École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs”, and represents a new and great generation of French illustrators. His production can be consulted here.

 

Published in 2017 by Soleil.

Eleonora Mann…

These were the first illustrations of Alice after Tenniel. Interestingly enough, these illustrations were incorrectly attributed to  Eleonora Mann, who in fact translated Carroll´s book to the Dutch version. The real identity of the illustrator of “Alice in het land der droomen”, printed in Amsterdam in 1887 by BH Smit, is still unknown…

CARROLL: ALICE, 1890. Illustration by Eleonora Mann for Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's

Mabel Lucie Attwel

Known for her cute children draws, Mabel Lucie Attwel was an illustrator from the early 1900s. She completed her studies at  Saint Martin’s School of Art, and  at some point she created her own trade style, characterised by rotund cuddly infants, which was highly successful. These sweet illustrations seem to based on her daughter and end up everywhere: cards, calendars, nursery equipment, pictures and books.

Mabel Lucie Attwell’s illustrated edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published in 1911. Recently, in 1916,  Macmillan, the original Alice publishers, printed  a new lovely hardback gift edition.

 

Tomislav Tomić

Tomislav Tomić graduated from the Academy of fine arts in Zagreb (Croatia). He illustrated a variety children books since his early days, which together wih the excellence of his art granted him important clients (such as Templar Publishing, Scholastic, Royal mail, Oxford University Press and Museum of London).

His amazing and intensely detailed line work is based on Renaissance engravings. Tomić’s beautiful illustrations of Alice in the Wonderland are dated 2009, but seem to be unpublished.

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