New Delhi: Google is today celebrating the 200th birthday of Sir John Tenniel, the great English illustrator and political cartoonist, with a creative doodle. Tenniel is best remembered for bringing to life the characters of Lewis Carroll’s timeless ‘Alice in Wonderland’ series. Also Read - Winter Solstice 2019: Google Doodle Celebrates The First Day of Winter And The Shortest Day-Longest Night of The Year
He was born in Bayswater, West London, on February 28, 1820 to John Baptist Tenniel, a fencing and dancing master of Huguenot descent, and Eliza Maria Tenniel. Also Read - Google Doodle celebrates Children's Day with 'The Walking Tree' doodle by 7-year-old student
Supremely talented, he submitted his first work, an oil painting, for exhibition at the Society of British Artists when he was only 16. His first book illustration was for Samuel Carter Hall’s The Book of British Ballads, in 1842. Also Read - Google Doodle marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
After that, there was no looking back as he worked as the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine for more than 50 years,
His talent also caught the attention of writer and professor Lewis Carroll who asked him to illustrate his new book, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. He made a total of 92 drawings for the book, which continue to be immensely popular to this day, having captured the imagination of both adults and children alike.
For his considerable contributions to both the magazine and “Alice in Wonderland,” Tenniel received a knighthood in 1893.
Tenniel died at the age of 93 on February 25, 1914.