I quite truly love your blog! I was just wondering if a few things that slightly bothered me maybe did the same for you? (ie: Her dress is actually yellow, Humpty Dumpty and "Jabberwocky" were actually in "Through the Looking Glass and such) I don't suspect a lot of people do, yet it seems to aggrieve me quite a bit...
Thank you lovely anon. I’ve never been particularly concerned with the way she often is shown wearing a blue dress or that people tend to combine the two separate tales. To me, the color isn’t as important, and it’s all Wonderland to her. I can certainly understand why things like that would bother you, but I just see it as a mash-up (for lack of better terminology) of various aspects of the same world.
But I do love Hallmark’s Alice in Wonderland because it seems to stick more truly to the book (with a few adjustments, of course) and it just makes me smile.
The sculpture was constructed in 1959 by José de Creeft under the commission of philanthropist George Delacorte so that children could visit and experience the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s classic story. Atypical of most sculptures, children are invited to climb, touch and crawl all over Alice and her friends. In fact, through the decades thousands of hands and feet have literally polished parts of the statue’s surface smooth.
The design for the bronze sculpture was patterned off the original illustrations of John Tenniel that were used in the first published edition of the book. The obvious centerpiece of the work, Alice, who depicts the face of Creeft’s daughter, Donna, is pictured sitting on a giant mushroom reaching toward a pocket watch held by the White Rabbit. Peering over her shoulder is the Cheshire Cat, surrounded by the Dormouse, Alice’s cat Dinah, and the Mad Hatter — a caricature of George Delacorte.
The sculptor also included an inscription in a granite circle surrounding the work: a line from “The Jabberwocky,” also by Lewis Carroll: “’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.”