Sir John Tenniel on Google Doodle (Who is John Tenniel)

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 200th anniversary of British illustrator and artist Sir John Tenniel, best known for his work on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland series.

Tenniel was born on February 28, 1820, in London and was a mainly self-taught artist. He succeeded at a young age and at only 16, Tenniel submitted an oil painting for an exhibition to the Society of British Artists. But Tenniel became an illustrator in 1850 when he started working as a political cartoonist with the weekly Punch.

Tenniel had a distinctive style, in part due to his almost photographic memory, and it was this approach that probably caught the attention of Charles Dodgson, writer, and professor by the pen name Lewis Carroll. Tenniel and Carroll met in 1864 and Tenniel agreed to illustrate Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, released the following year.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was the start of a successful, albeit tense, creative partnership that continued with Through the Looking Glass in 1871.

After working with Carroll, Tenniel chose to no longer work as an illustrator, although he returned to Punch to continue as a political cartoonist.

In 1893, Tenniel received a knight title for his contribution to Punch and Alice in Wonderland. He died on February 25, 1914, at the age of 93.

The Google Doodle celebrating Sir John Tenniel sees Alice watching the Cheshire cat in a tree, with Alice's bent arm forming the L in Google. The doodle is a drawing photograph in Triennial's style, with a pencil and a fountain pen resting to the right of the room.

The Google Doodle was designed by Matthew Crick shank from London. In a Q&A with Google, Cruikshank said he first heard of Tenniel, "as a child, reading Alice in Wonderland. I thought the combination of poetic writing and incredibly beautiful and bizarre illustrations was a perfect combination. "

And speaking of the Doodle, Matthew Cruikshank said: "I wanted to try something hand-drawn since Tenniel himself made some amazing drawings which were then given to the engraver, and I wanted to at least pay homage to this initial process.

"The conversation with the Cheshire cat and Alice was the inspiration. You can really" go "wherever you want on the home page, depending on what you are looking for! I made a very rough basic sketch, a draft, then the final image. Enjoy and trust the process without immediately thinking about the perfect image. "


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