The Many Faces of Alice in Wonderland


When we came across Boing Boing’s sampling of images from the latest edition of Alice in Wonderland, illustrated by Robert Ingpen, we found ourselves captivated by the new Alice. Although Ingpen hasn’t touched our heroine’s signature blue dress and white pinafore, he has transformed her from beaming blonde tween to romantic, red-headed waif. If John William Waterhouse had painted Alice’s portrait, this is how it might have looked.

Ingpen’s dreamy, new rendering also got us thinking about the many forms Alice has taken since her first appearance in 1865. After the jump, follow us down the rabbit hole to see how artists and filmmakers have portrayed Lewis Carroll’s muse over the years.

The original: John Tenniel, 1865

Elegant Alice: Blanche McManus, 1876

Dotty Alice: Mabel Lucie Atwell, 1910

Silent Alice: dir. W.W. Young, 1915

Disney princess: 1951

Alice in Central Park: Jose de Creeft, 1959

Alice in Acidland: dir. John Donne, 1968

Jan Svankmajer’s Alice: 1988

Alice in Shadows: Abelardo Morrell, 1999

Tim Burton’s Alice: 2010

Craving more Alice? This incredibly comprehensive archive of Alice in Wonderland illustrators should keep you busy for a few days.