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Sir John Tenniel

Sir John Tenniel, by Harry Furniss, 1880s-1900s -NPG 3527 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir John Tenniel

by Harry Furniss
Pen and ink on Bristol Board, 1880s-1900s
10 1/2 in. x 8 5/8 in. (267 mm x 220 mm) overall
NPG 3527

Inscriptionback to top

Signed with initials in ink lower left: ‘Hy.F.’;
inscr. below: ‘Sir John Tenniel. The Illustrator of the Original “Alice”’;
and in pencil further below: ‘a Sketch when at the “Punch” Table’.

This portraitback to top

The composition is related to NPG 3612. The long-stemmed clay pipe (a ‘churchwarden’) was Tenniel’s usual attribute: ‘In my early days at the Table, by the way, we all took to churchwardens, chiefly, I think, out of regard for Tenniel […] He puffed his churchwarden continuously – one remembers the firm, nervous grip of his fingers on the stem and the vague half-sketched gestures that punctated his talk’. [1]

See NPG collections 3337–3535, 3554–3620

Carol Blackett-Ord

Footnotesback to top

1) Punch 1914, pp.14, 15.

Physical descriptionback to top

Three-quarter-length, seated to right, head to viewer, holding churchwarden pipe in left hand.

Provenanceback to top

The artist; his sons, from whom purchased (through Theodore Cluse), April 1947

Reproductionsback to top

Strand Magazine, January 1908, p.50 (see MEPL, London, 10060075).

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