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Monday, August 24, 2015

150 YEARS OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND AT THE MORGAN LIBRARY

Victoria here. One of the highlights of my recent trip to New York City was the Morgan Library, the first time I had been there since the Renzo Piano addition. My photos, unless otherwise indicated.

The Morgan Library with the House at left and glass Piano addition in the middle and
the Library on the far right, above the traffic




Above and below: the Renzo Piano Pavilion that unites the house, the library and the annex into an integrated whole. Adding to the effect of the brilliant light is the colorful display by artist Spencer Finch entitled A Certain Slant of Light, through August 23.




John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) was a banker, financier, and collector, and the descendant of several distinguished colonial and New England families. After his death, his son, J. P. Morgan Jr.(1867-1943), endowed a foundation to house and maintain his father's collections of manuscripts, books, and artwork. Today the oft-expanded library presents lectures, exhibitions, concerts, research facilities, and other programs for the public.



I was eager to see the exhibition Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland. The Exhibition website is here.

On display at the Morgan Library through October 11, 2015

In the exhibit

As the text panels tell us, Alice in Wonderland was first published in 1865 by Lewis Carroll, pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, three years after he told the story to Alice Liddell on a summer boating trip from Oxford. Alice asked him to write out the story of Alice's odd adventures, and after three years of writing and expanding the story, he had it self-published with illustrations by Sir John Tenniel.  It was temporarily withdrawn because the pictures were poorly reproduced, but after re-publication, it has never been out of print.


John Tenniel (1820–1914) “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
Hand-colored proof, 1885 The Morgan Library and Museum, New York. 
gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., Photography by Steven H. Crossot, 2014.


John Tenniel (1820–1914), Nothing but a pack of cards! 1885,
 Hand-colored proof. Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., The Morgan Library and Museum,
 Photography by Steven H. Crossot, 2014.


Illustrations are reproduced on the walls; Alice and the Dodo

Charles Dodgson 

Preparatory drawing and published version of the White Rabbit by Tenniel in the first edition


The White Rabbit

Alice Liddell in a photo and in Dodgson's drawing at right


I couldn't resist walking around in the historic library where Pierpont Morgan collected his manuscripts, books, and art.

Drawing of the front elevation of the Library 
built by Charles McKim (1847-1909), completed in 1906 

The magnificent library (East Room)

Rotunda

The Study, where children were getting a briefing on the library


part of the well-stocked gift and book shop (in the old house)

To shop on line, click here



Friday, August 21, 2015

DUKE OF WELLINGTON TOUR REPORTS....BACK SOON.

We'll return shortly with lots more posts re-living our Duke of Wellington Tour....just a short break at the tale end of another summer. Last year at this time we were preparing to start the tour...now it is memory- and picture-time,


"Mounting Guard, St. James's Park" (Horse Guards Parade) 1809
from Microcosm of London

Thanks for your patience,,,Kristine and Victoria