The original illustrations
In 1865 John Tenniel illustrated the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
(... which was first a story called 'Alice's Adventures Under Ground', itself a story written down from a tale told by Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, to three young sisters, one of which was Alice Liddell, while on a boat trip on the river Thames.)
I like Alice in Wonderland for a thousand different reasons ;), and I also like that Charles Dodgson, or his pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was also a mathematician (which I love, as I was a student of mathematics) and a photographer!
(Lewis Carrol was a mathematician at Christ Church, Oxford,
and Alice was one of three daughters of the Dean at Christ Church.)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published on July 4, 1865, exactly three years after Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed in a boat up the River Thames with three little girls:
Lorina Charlotte Liddell (aged 13) (Primus in the opening verse)
Alice Pleasance Liddell (aged 10) (Seconda in the opening verse)
Edith Mary Liddell (aged 8)
...whereupon the beginning of Alice In Wonderland was told that "summer afternoon when the sun was so burning that we had landed in the meadows down the river, deserting the boat to take refuge in the only bit of shade to be found, which was under a new-made hayrick" ~ Alice.
.. which is also now part 'Hogwarts'!
But anyway, back to the book...
Tenniel's colour illustrations
In 1907 the English copyright to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland expired, and new editions from other publishers were printed. These illustrations are now also in the public domain,
my favourites from 1907 are Rackham, and Attwell :)
Illustrations by Mabel Lucie Attwell, 1907
Arthur Rackham's illustrations, 1907,
are just divine
And countless Alice inspired art!
Annie Leibovitz's Alice photoshoot, with model Natalia Vodianova, for Vogue magazine, 2003.
Annie's interpretation of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll...
Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll
The three Liddell sisters
Alice in costume as a beggar girl
Alice inspired flickr art...
recruiting a new alice
alice and the white rabbit
etcetera, etcetera !