Given the currently popularity of everything “Alice” following the recent movie release, I thought I would have a dig around online and see if I could find some original book illustrations. There’s plenty of stuff to be found on the subject but this page:
at the University of Florida’s digital collections, is about the best. Incidentally at the U of F George Smathers Library online, you can find hundreds of digitized childrens books. Find the index page here:
Anyway, back to Alice. Many different illustrators have turned their attentions to the Alice stories with varying degrees of success and I thought it would be interesting to see how different artists have represented the same scene from the book in different ways:
Mabel Lucie Attwell
W H Walker
I particularly like the Mabel Lucie Attwell illustration. This stands out for me as I think she took a slightly different approach to the characters than the other artists, aiming perhaps. at a younger audience? You can download a zip file containing all 11 of her Alice illustrations at full size (approx 2000 x 2700 pixels) HERE.
The recent Alice movie is yet another example of how something in the public domain can be taken and used and adapted for great profit (as indeed Walt Disney did with his original Alice cartoon). On a smaller scale, I know of at least one seller who is doing very well selling sets of prints by Rackham and Tenniel from Alice on eBay – remember, these images are freely available online.