Arts Everyday Living: The Art of the Book—When Alice Met The Caterpillar




John Tenniel, The Caterpillar, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, c. 1865.



The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of his mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.

“Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied rather shyly, “I-I hardly know, Sir, just at present–at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several times since then….”


Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass have been interpreted countless times by artists and animators including Walt Disney, Salvador Dali, and Tim Burton. However, Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914)* was the first illustrator of Lewis Carroll’s beloved books, providing the initial images of Alice, the Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and, of course, the Caterpillar, that still stir our imaginations today.


*London born Sir John Tenniel was already renowned as a political cartoonist for Punch, a popular satirical magazine, when he was employed to illustrate Carroll’s works in 1865.

Excerpt on the Caterpillar is from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), published by Random House in 1946. In this version, John Tenniel’s illustrations were colored by Fritz Kredel.


The above work of art is used solely for educational purposes.


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