In celebration of Mad Hatter Day, we have compiled our favourite 10 Mad Hatter illustrations from Alice in Wonderland.
Since its first publication over 150 years ago, Alice in Wonderland has been illustrated many times over.
Mad Hatters Day is celebrated on the 6th of October in tribute to the original Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In the original illustrations by John Tenniel the Mad Hatter wears a hat with an order slip stating ‘This Style 10/6’ to represent the price of the hat, and so it was chosen as the celebratory date. It’s a day to celebrate the silly and foolish, and further celebrate the wonderful story known as Alice in Wonderland.
10 Mad Hatters for Alice in Wonderland Lovers lists our best picks from the image treasury, all published between 1900 and 1930, and each illustrated by an artist from The Golden Age of Illustration.
1. A Mad Tea Party – Illustrated by Charles Folkard
2. A Mad Tea Party- Blanche McManus
The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea and looked at it again …”
3. “What day of the month is it?” – illustrated by Charles Robinson
4. A Mad Tea Party – Arthur Rackham
‘Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder where you’re at!’
You know the song perhaps?”
5. A Mad Tea Party – Gywnedd M. Hudson
6. ‘Alice sat down in a large armchair at one end’ – illustrated by Milo Winter
Have some wine’ said the March Hare in an encouraging tone.
Alice looked round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea.
‘I don’t see any wine’, she remarked.
‘There isn’t any’, said the March Hare.”
7. Mad Hatter with Three Hats – illustration by Willy Pogany
8. Illustration by Charles Pears
You might as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see,’ said the Hatter”
9. Mad Hatter illustration by T.H. Robinson
10. “I want a clean cup’, interrupted the Hatter; ‘let’s all move one place on” – illustration by W. H Walker
Alice in Wonderland is a story to span the ages, a tale of a young girl and her mishap adventure down a rabbit hole into a world of fantasy, if you’ve enjoyed this collection of Mad Hatter illustrations from Alice in Wonderland, why not explore the collection of illustrated titles in the bookshop.