Many artists have illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland, or used the books as inspiration for their own work. It would be almost impossible to give a complete list of these, but this site from Lauren Harman has extensive examples. I also recommend The Art of Alice in Wonderland by Stephanie Lovett Stoffel, a beautiful hardcover book showing a wide range of Alice illustrators.

Some of my favorites include:

Arthur Rackham, 1907

Rackham Alice

Greg Hildebrandt, 1991 (my Blogger icon is also from his series)

Hildebrandt Alice

Did you know that Salvador Dali did some Alice paintings?

Dali Alice

And honestly, I quite like the original Tenniel illustrations.

But even before Tenniel, the very first illustrator was Lewis Carroll himself, who drew the pictures in the first edition, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. While not technically very skilled, I feel that these illustrations do convey some of the surreal qualities of the story quite well.

Carroll Alice

Alice has inspired some great photography as well. Here’s an interesting Annie Leibovitz photo shoot for Vogue featuring Alice characters.

There are so many others, I wish I could show them all, but I encourage anyone interested to do some extensive image searches on Google to see some of the variety available from both professional and amateur artists. Every time I do this, I find something new and wonderful – and often more original and unusual than anything published in mainstream outlets. For instance, just now, looking for some images of the White Rabbit, I found this offering from petit_elfe on Photobucket. I will leave you with this as a reminder of how dark and strange the world of Alice can be (I wouldn’t want it any other way)…

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