Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Authentic 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' Chess Board Discovered

An 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' chess board, hand-crafted in 1875 by the 'Alice novels' illustrator Sir John Tenniel, has been discovered and 150 limited-edition replicas made.

From a piece in the Telegraph...
Now it seems Tenniel (1820-1914) may have considered a sideline in creating Alice merchandise.
In summer 2011, an Alice-themed chess board was bought by rare books dealer Jake Fior, who, upon closer inspection, discovered that it had been illustrated by Tenniel himself and was one-of-a-kind.
The board features 16 ink and watercolour illustrations of images from the novel Alice Through the Looking Glass along its gilded border. It is believed to have been created in 1875 – four years after the book’s publication.

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