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

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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 T