Analysis Of John Tenniel 's ' Alice 's Adventures ' Essay example

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There is a great deal of influences which John Tenniel brought to the field of illustration and to explore this, I am going to look into his work and his life to acknowledge how this impacted on Illustration, society and other artists.
Sir John Tenniel was an English Illustrator in the nineteenth century and famous for his book and Punch magazine illustrations towards the end of the same century. Tenniel’s most credited illustrations were those featured in Lewis Carroll’s: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), now known simply as ‘Alice in Wonderland’. John Tenniel was a secluded person and kept himself from society the majority of his life, Tenniel was also mysterious, as Engen (1991) states he was “an elusive, enigmatic and thoroughly private figure”. Although an isolated individual, Tenniel’s work stood notably celebrated in England and eventually the rest of the world once his work became more popular.

Tenniel’s illustrations were typically hand drawn pencil and ink pieces, which were designed to a very high standard in terms of detail and shading. The process of which Tenniel’s final illustrations were achieved involved initial sketches which would later be ‘traced’ onto wood blocks. These wood blocks would then be engraved at different depths to achieve tone and lines. Tenniel’s first ever book illustration was for Samuel Carter Hall’s book titled ‘The Book of British Ballards’ (Engen, 1991). Although this did not help Tenniel achieve his personally unwanted…

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