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Exhibition and sale: prints from the original wood blocks

In the UK there is currently an exhibition of Alice in Wonderland illustrations printed directly from the original wood blocks. They are also for sale.

To be able to print John Tenniel’s illustrations, his illustrations were engraved in wood blocks. To avoid wear of these precious wood blocks, they were not used for the actual printing, but as masters from which electrotype copies would be made. (You can read more about this process on my website). The use of electrotypes does result in a slight loss of definition.

In 1981 the original wood engraved blocks were discovered in deed boxes belonging to Macmillan, the original publishers. Jonathan Stephenson at the Rocket Press subsequently printed 250 sets from these blocks – the first and last time that they were used for actual printing.

These prints, for both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there, are now exhibited in Adam’s Gallery. You can buy individual prints, as well as complete sets of all engravings in their original boxes.

woodblock prints exhibition

Date: 4th April to 26th May 2024
Location: Adam’s Gallery, Reigate, UK
More information
: https://www.adamsgallery.co.uk/alice-in-wonderland

Summer course: Lewis Carroll’s Oxford and the Surprising Histories of Alice’s Wonderland

The University of Oxford offers a course about Lewis Carroll and his ‘Alice’ books this summer.

The course will explore Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass”, their origins in Oxford – town and gown, architecture, personalities, hidden histories and controversies. It will also cast a look beyond Oxford, to Alice’s further adventures in art and popular culture, science and politics and, finally, take a fresh look at the question of why, 150 years later, Alice is still so fascinating to us.

The course is part of the University of Oxford’s “Inspiring Oxford” summer school and is taught by dr. Franziska Kohlt, a well-known Lewis Carroll scholar.

Date: 14 to 20 July 2024
Location: Oxford, UK
Costs: from £1970
Registration: between 30 January and 1 May. (Don’t wait too long; this course fills up quickly!)
More information: https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/lewis-carrolls-oxford-and-the-surprising-histories-of-alices-wonderland 

Alice’s Day 2023

Alice’s Day, the yearly city-wide celebration of all things Alice in Wonderland in Oxford, UK, will be held on Saturday 1 July 2023.

This year’s theme is ‘The Great Outdoors’.

As always, there is a full and varied programme, including theatre, puppetry, crafting, trails, dance, games, lectures and more. On many places there will be Alice in Wonderland themed family and kids activities. In Christ Church library you can find an exhibition of the manuscript and other rare material relating to Dodgson and to the Liddell family. Local historian and author Mark Davies will guide a walk through the Oxford of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice, and the Lewis Carroll Society will organize three talks:

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Alice’s Day 2022

It’s almost time again for the annual “Alice’s Day”, celebrated each year in Oxford, UK, around the 4th of July (the day the story arose)!

This year, Alice’s Day will be held on July 2nd. Once more, there is an extensive programme. It includes fun activities, like a Mad Tea Party, games, workshops, a cupcake decorating competition, and more. There are also exhibitions, walks, and talks, some of which are organized by the Lewis Carroll Society.

You are invited to dress for the occasion, so pick your favorite Wonderland or Looking-Glass world character!

Date: 2 July 2022
Location: Oxford, UK
More information & full programme: