Google celebrated British illustrator and artist Sir John Tenniel’s 200th birth anniversary with a doodle on February 28. An acclaimed Victorian painter, Tenniel is well known for his illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
Tenniel was born in Bayswater, West London in 1820. At the age of 20, Tenniel acquired a significant eye damage and ultimately, misplaced sight in his proper eye. From a really early age, Tenniel was appreciated as a humorist and shortly after, additionally cultured his expertise for scholarly caricature.
His first illustration was for Samuel Carter Hall’s The Book of British Ballads in 1842. Eight years later, he joined the historic weekly journal Punch as a political cartoonist. Lewis Carroll seen Tenniel’s distinct model of labor and in 1864, approached the artist for instance his e-book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
This affiliation marked Carroll and Tenniel’s artistic partnership and continued with Through the Looking Glass in 1872. “The result: a series of classic characters, such as Alice and the Cheshire Cat, as depicted in the Doodle artwork’s rendition of their iconic meeting-characters who, along with many others, remain beloved by readers of all ages to this day,” the Google Doodle web page says.
After working with Lewis Carroll, Tenniel resumed his work with Punch. For his work, Tenniel additionally acquired a knighthood in 1893.
Sir John Tenniel died on February 25, 1914. He was 93.