Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – with Gertrude Kay Illustrations
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (with Gertrude Kay illustrations) is the best known work of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898), better known by his pen name, ‘Lewis Carroll’. Telling the tale of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by surreal and anthropomorphic creatures, the book was a huge commercial success on its initial publication in 1865. It was followed by its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, in 1871. The books play at the heart of logical problems and literary nonsense – giving the narrative lasting popularity with adults and children alike.
The stories are accompanied by a set of dazzling, full-colour, Gertrude Kay illustrations; a true master of the ‘Golden Age of Illustration’. Kay (1884 – 1939), was a prolific children’s illustrator, whose many and varied sketches were always vibrant and full of colour. She was particularly skilled at accurately and sensitively portraying foreign cultures in her artwork, and also produced many watercolour paintings – in conjunction with her book illustrations. Appearing alongside the text, Kay’s pictures further refine and elucidate Lewis Carroll’s captivating storytelling.