On auction: original Tenniel pencil drawing from TTLG

On the 13th of June, Sothebys will auction an original pencil drawing made by John Tenniel for Through the Looking Glass.

It is the drawing of Queen Alice standing in front of the door with the frog. It measures 4 5/8 x 3 1/8 inches (118 x 79 mm). The drawing is matted, glazed and framed.

Queen Alice with frog, pencil drawing by John Tenniel

As you can see, the drawing is a mirror image of the final book illustration. These preliminary sketches were first drawn in pencil, then in pen and ink. As a third step, Tenniel transferred the outline of the drawings to woodblocks, using tracing paper. These woodblocks would then be engraved by the Dalziel brothers. Woodblocks were used as ‘stamps’, so the images needed to be reversed to produce the correct results in print.

This drawing is estimated to bring in $25,000 to $35,000.

More information about the item is on Sotheby’s webpage. If you’re interested in purchasing the drawing, you can register there to place a bid.

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