Sir John Tenniel’s Classic Illustrations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


The Public Domain Review and Medium are hosting a Mad Hatter’s mashup party in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland this month. We’re starting today and continuing for as long as anyone wants to join in.

The Public Domain Review has invited a dozen Lewis Carroll experts to annotate a special version of the story with lots of fun trivia and facts about the book and its author. You’ll find their comments in the margin notes. We’ll be publishing two new annotated chapters here each week for the next six weeks.

You’re also invited to make your own personal digital edition of Alice on Medium.

Once you have a Medium account, just copy the text of the story to a new post that you’ve created, and pick images from free-to-use image collections that we’ve provided on Medium especially for this event below — or create your own, then add them to the story however you like. If you want to share your original art works with others, choose a Creative Commons license after you hit the publish button.

Medium has commissioned remixes of some of the most famous Alice illustrations, which you are also free to use. Make and share your own remixes of the original Tenniel and Rackham illustrations, and we’ll add them to our 12 master chapters alongside the annotations.

Make sure to tag your book “Alice in Wonderland” and “Mad Hatters Mashup Party” so others can discover it!

All images below are by Sir John Tenniel from the 1865 edition, via Wikimedia Commons.


The King and Queen of Hearts inspect tart in courtroom

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White Rabbit checks his watch

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Alice finds a tiny door behind the curtain

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Alice discovers a bottle marked “Drink Me”

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Alice stretches very tall

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Giant Alice watches Rabbit run away

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Alice in a pool of tears

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Alice with Mouse in pool of tears

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Dodo presents Alice with a thimble

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Mouse tells a story to birds and Alice

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Alice crammed in Rabbit’s house

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Alice’s hand grabs at Rabbit

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“There goes Bill!”

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Dog looks at tiny Alice

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Alice meets the Caterpillar

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Father William stands on his head

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Father William somersaults in the door

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Father William having eaten the goose

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Father William balances an eel on his nose

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Fish and Frog servants

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Cook, Duchess, Cheshire Cat, Baby and Alice

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Alice and pig baby

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Alice speaks to the Cheshire Cat

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Cheshire Cat fades to a smile

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Mad Tea Party

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Mad Hatter engages in rhetoric

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The Mad Hatter and Hare dunk the Dormouse

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Two, Five and Seven paint the rosebush

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“OFF WITH HER HEAD!”

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Alice tries to play croquet with a flamingo and a hedge hog

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Executioner argues with the King about cutting off the Cheshire Cat’s head

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Alice (with flamingo) chats with the Duchess

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Gryphon asleep

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Mock Turtle and Gryphon sing to Alice

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Mock Turtle and Gryphon demonstrate the Lobster Quadrille

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Lobster primps before a mirror

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The White Rabbit, dressed as a herald, blows a trumpet

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Mad Hatter arrives hastily at court to testify

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Md Hatter leaves court just as hastily as he arrived

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Giant Alice upsets the jury

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King reflects in court

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“You’re all just a pack of cards!”

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Index of Illustrations

  1. King and Queen of Hearts | High res
  2. White Rabbit checks watch | High res
  3. Alice finds tiny door | High res
  4. “Drink Me” | High res
  5. Alice stretched tall | High res
  6. Giant Alice watches rabbit run away | High res
  7. Alice in pool of tears | High res
  8. Alice with Mouse in pool of tears | High res
  9. Dodo presenting thimble | High res
  10. Mouse tells a story | High res
  11. Alice cramped in Rabbit’s house | High res
  12. Alice’s hand grabs at Rabbit | High res
  13. “There goes Bill!” | High res
  14. Dog looks at tiny Alice | High res
  15. Alice meets the Caterpillar | High res
  16. Father William stands on head | High res
  17. Father William somersaults in the door | High res
  18. Father William having eaten the goose |High res
  19. Father William balances eel on nose | High res
  20. Fish and Frog servants | High res
  21. Cook, Duchess, Cheshire Cat, Baby and Alice | High res
  22. Alice and the pig baby | High res
  23. Alice speaks to the Cheshire Cat | High res
  24. Cheshire Cat fading to smile | High res
  25. Mad Tea Party | High res
  26. Hatter engaging in rhetoric | High res
  27. Hatter and Hare dunking Dormouse | High res
  28. Two, Five and Seven painting the rosebush | High res
  29. “OFF WITH HER HEAD!” | High res
  30. Alice plays croquet with flamingo and hedge hog | High res
  31. Executioner argues with King | High res
  32. Alice (with flamingo) chats with the Duchess | High res
  33. Gryphon asleep | High res
  34. Mock Turtle and Gryphon sing to Alice | High res
  35. Mock Turtle and Lobster demonstrate the Lobster Quadrille | High res
  36. Lobster primps before a mirror | High res
  37. White Rabbit, dressed as herald, blows trumpet | High res
  38. Mad Hatter arrives hastily in court to testify | High res
  39. … and just as hastily leaves | High res
  40. Giant Alice upsets the jury | High res
  41. King reflects in court | High res
  42. “You’re nothing but a pack of cards!” | High res