Alice in Wonderland, Tate , Liverpool.
Another amazing exhibition at the Tate, Albert Dock, I need to go back because it was so crowded I didn’t see all that I wanted to see. Lewis Carroll’s (pen name) novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were 1st published over 150 year ago . It is these books that provide the starting point for the exhibition at the Tate. The exhibition explores the influence his work has had on artists from all over the world . The books written as a present for 10 year old Alice Liddell after the author spent a day in the company of Alice and her two sisters when he entertained them with his story telling and young Alice begged him to write down the stories for her . He did, also illustrated the stories and the rest as they say ‘is History’ ! There are many paintings of Alice and her sisters by famous artists and a grand collection of pencil drawings , the original no less and very detailed. One item of interest was a programme of Alice in Wonderland from 1911 when this was performed at the Empire LIverpool. I also liked the framed furnishing fabric from 1920 by Charles Voysey a very intricate pattern of all the characters from the book. I can just imagine a nursery decorated with this when it was ‘ the latest thing’ in fashion and a very lucky child from an affluent family enjoyed the fun element of the decor. Also on display other objects , tea sets and a fine display of articulated ‘Alice ‘ related hand-made painted wooden figures by Thomas and Greta Shuster from 1900 , very early marketing toys!!! The exhibition runs until January 29th 2012. There will be specially themed days of family activities in the gallery Saturday 5 November , 1pm-16.30. Also A MADHATTER’S WEEKEND, 12th and 13th November 2011 a celebration of Alice in Wonderland across the Albert Dock 10am-4pm, join the fun with the family.