The Real Alice. Alice Liddell oil painting
The Real Alice. Alice Liddell oil painting
The Real Alice. Alice Liddell oil painting

The Real Alice. Alice Liddell oil painting

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$629.00
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$629.00

Showing at 2424 Studios in Philly until September 2021.

What does Alice In Wonderland look like to you?

Disney's Alice, a blonde girl with a blue dress

 Alice as a blonde girl in a blue dress and a hair band or bow seems to be the going favorite, like the Alice from the 1951 Disney animation, or the more recent Disney Alice of 2010, also the 1931 Ruth Gilbert Alice, the 1933 Charlotte Henry Alice, the 1982 Annie Enneking version as well as others.

If you've seen the first 1903 silent film of Alice In Wonderland (my favorite for it's creepy factor) you'll see a rare brunette May Clark playing Alice, crawling into rabbit holes in her poufy dress. 

But did you know that back in the 1800's there was a real Alice? 

Alice Pleasance Liddell was 10 years old when family friend Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) first spun the story of Alice's Adventures Under Ground to her and her sisters on a boat ride to a picnic in 1862.  Dodgson published the first distributed copy of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland to the public two years later.

It's argued whether Alice in Wonderland is really based on Alice Liddell, but what's most striking to me is how the resemblance of the Alice characters to the real Alice loses a bit of her badassness. She was known to be stubborn and curious, and photos of the original Alice show that more intriguing side of her that might get lost in a bouncy Disney version or maybe the sexy Betty Boop version.  I never had an interest in Alice in Wonderland until I realized she was really a tomgirl with an overactive imagination who questions everything, maybe a little like me, maybe a little like you.

Below are the original Dodgson photograph of Alice that the painting is based on, plus a few others for reference. 

 

27" x 23" oil painting in gorgeous antique wood frame. Based on an 1860 photograph of Alice Liddell by Alice In Wonderland author Lewis Carroll.