Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1922

These colour plates are from my copy of Hodder & Stoughton's 1922 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The lovely illustrations are by the mysterious Gwynedd M. Hudson (b.1909-1935). The only information I can find on Gwynedd is that she studied at Brighton School of Art. She was a figure painter, illustrator, and poster artist. She exhibited at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London around 1912. She designed posters for the Underground Group (London's underground railway)1926-1929. She is best known for both her editions of J. M Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy and Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Her depiction of Alice is widely regarded. She illustrated perhaps a half dozen or so other books, mostly for poetry and religious, published for Hodder in delicate Art Nouveau watercolours. Having died so young, unfortunately I imagine her story is lost. I feel so haunted by these sorts of mysteries; it is the perfect day for it lazy, chilly, windy, and rainy.

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