A set of 10 stamps is being issued to mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and Alice all feature in artist Grahame Baker-Smith's illustrations. The story was made up by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a young don at Christ Church in Oxford, to entertain children on a boat trip in 1862. It was published under Dodgson's pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, three years later.
One of the children on the Thames boat trip was Alice Liddel, the daughter of the dean of the college. Alice later asked for the story, originally entitled Alice's Adventures Under Ground, to be written down. Dodgson did so as a Christmas gift in 1864 with his own illustrations. It went on to become one of the best known works in children's literature, with numerous TV and film adaptations. The stamps feature famous scenes from the book including the Mad Hatter's tea party and Alice falling down the rabbit hole.
6 января 2015 года Королевская Почта Британии запустила десять новых марок, чтобы отпраздновать 150-летие со дня публикации классической книги Льюиса Кэрролла Алиса в Стране чудес (книга вышла к Рождеству Христову 1864 года).
Для серии марок взяты яркие иллюстрации Грэхема Бэйкер-Смита, которые он нарисовал специально по заказу Королевской Почты.
Иллюстратор Грэхэм Бейкер-Смит (Грэм Бейкер-Смит) говорит, что для того, что бы изобразить Алису для этой серии марок, он использовал образ собственной дочери (у Бейкер-Смита трое детей).
"Самое сложное было - быть последовательным, соблюсти стиль и работать в таком малом масштабе. Все изображения должны выглядеть как единый набор."
Это не первый раз, когда Алиса в стране чудес появилась на британских марках. В июле 1979 г. к Международному году ребенка была выпущена марка, для которой были использованы иллюстрации Джона Тенниела к Алисе в стране чудес.
Все изображения и крупный размер:
Биография художника и другие иллюстрации:
Grahame taught himself to paint and draw whilst living in Oxford in his early twenties. Drawing had been a great interest to him as a child but as a young adult it flared into a passionate and all-consuming activity. He was offered a place at Berkshire College of Art and Design and joined the course in the third year as he'd already covered the first two years independently.
On leaving college in 1986 with portfolio in hand he went to London to look for work. Commissions from magazines, design groups and publishers soon followed and his career in illustration began. However, a growing dissatisfaction in executing work only to commission led him to writing ideas for self-initiated book projects. This, and a desire to expand his media skills incorporating digital techniques and processes, ushered in many months of sessions with a computer - often cradling his new-born daughter in the other arm.
As a result, Photoshop became an indispensable part of the palette which was as important as sketching or brushes and pens. The layering and melding of drawing, traditional media, organic textures and digital techniques has been a creatively liberating experience. This new approach resulted in a commission from Robert Plant to create images for his 'Mighty Rearranger' and 'Nine Lives' albums and interactive animations for Robert's website.
Grahame has also illustrated three picture books for Templar: the Greenaway short-listed Leon and the Place Between, written by Angela McAllister; the self-written FArTHER which won the Kate Greenaway medal in 2011 and was listed on the USBBY's 2014 Outstanding International Book List ,and his latest book, Winter's Child, which is another Angela McAllister story, published in 2014 and currently on the Kate Greenaway longlist.
He has also illustrated many books for the Folio Society including the V&A Award short-listed Pinocchio and Oscar Wilde's Selfish Giant and Other Stories. He is currently working on a new, self-written book for Templar - a Sci-Fi Christmas story - and has recently finished a prestigious commission from the Royal Mail: a set of ten stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
He is also writing, illustrating and animating an app for iOS about evolution as well as creating a short animated film.
Grahame lives in Bath, Somerset, with his wife and three children.