Enter Wonderland at Cusworth Hall this autumn

Corner of Yorkshire, March 30, Cusworth Hall.
Corner of Yorkshire, March 30, Cusworth Hall.

Some of the most famous book illustrations in the world will be brought to Cusworth Hall this autumn.

A selection of the best of Sir John Tenniel’s illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s two ‘Alice’ books will be on show from September 28 to November 24.

In 1864 Lewis Carroll approached John Tenniel, who worked as a political cartoonist for Punch magazine, and asked him to illustrate his children’s book.

The story, published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was an instant hit with children and adults alike, and from the very start it was agreed that a major part of their success was due to the unique and imaginative illustrations.

The exhibition is a selection of illustrations from both books (about half of the complete number).

Coun Bob Johnson, cabinet member for culture and tourism, said: “The original drawings were made on wooden blocks and then engraved by commercial engravers in London, and the prints on show are a perfect example of the skill of both illustrator and engraver.

“Visitors will have the chance to view a fantastic exhibition and take in the beautiful surrounds of the park. There will also be a chance to enjoy puppet shows and performances by 2Act Theatre.”

Between From September 13 to 15, local company 2Act Theatre will be on site to prepare for the Looking in Wonderland exhibition, with an outdoor theatre performance from 7pm each evening.

And alongside the exhibition, children and adults can enjoy a Victorian style puppet show performed by Doncaster’s Pauline Venables from the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild. Drop-in performances of ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ and ‘The Jabberwocky’ will run back-to-back all afternoon on Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 October.