[William Shakespeare] TENNIEL (John):

Bassanio and The Caskets. Design for Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene II.

Original detailed six-H pencil drawing on woodblock, the boxwood jointed in three sections (discolored at joints). Created circa 1870.

Measures 6-7/16 x 5-1/16 x 1 inches, glazed and framed.

The final design transferred by John Tenniel, the details drawn by hand and ready for the engraver, circa July 1870, this was for a projected edition of an illustrated Shakespeare by Bradbury & Evans, which was never published.

John Tenniel (1820-1914), artist and illustrator, know for his designs for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He became a well respected political cartoonist, humorist and satirist while working for Punch magazine. He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1893 for his artistic achievements. He rarely used “Alice” images for his cartoons, but borrowed from many other sources including Shakespeare – (which Lewis Carroll had apparently most admired), for his illustrations while working as a cartoonist and illustrator for over 50 years.