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

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Elegant Alice: Blanche McManus, 1876

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Dotty Alice: Mabel Lucie Atwell, 1910

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

Disney princess: 1951


Alice in Central Park: Jose de Creeft, 1959

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Alice in Acidland: dir. John Donne, 1968


Jan Svankmajer’s Alice: 1988

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Alice in Shadows: Abelardo Morrell, 1999

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Tim Burton’s Alice: 2010

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