December 16th, 2014

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – an upcoming stamp issue by Royal Mail

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's classic book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Mail commissioned illustrator Grahame Baker-Smith, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and author of FArTHER, to illustrate ten key scenes from the book.

According to info received by the issue consists of ten stamps that are to be put into circulation on the 6th of January.

Art-directed by Godfrey Design, Baker-Smith offers a fresh, lively interpretation of unforgettable characters such as the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and Alice herself, making the story come to life with new vivacity. The unusual vertical se-tenant format not only suits the topsy-turvy story but also adds philatelic interest.

The presentation pack, designed by Godfrey Design and written by Professor Hugh Haughton, tells the story of the genesis and publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. From the "golden afternoon" in July 1862, when Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll – told an outlandish tale to the young Alice Liddell and her sisters, through illustrator John Tenniel's role, to the myriad editions over the past century and a half, the pack offers real insight into the story behind this classic children's tale. Beautifully illustrated, it includes a photograph of Alice Liddell taken by Dodgson himself.

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