My favorite aspect within George Dunlop Leslie's Alice in Wonderland, a scene featuring the artist's wife, Lydia, and their daughter, Alice, is how the little girl boldly stares out at the viewer. Who knows what might taking place behind those inquisitive young eyes as she lays nestled in her mother's bosom, clutching onto a small batch of flowers while her imagination leads her elsewhere. Resting off to the right we find a doll, a tangible item for play, which our young friend has chosen to leave behind for her journey.
We are safe to assume that mother is reading from Lewis Caroll's famous book from which this piece takes its title. I enjoy the juxtaposition of mother's calm, perhaps even tired, expression and that of her daughter, absorbing the story with the utmost seriousness. Again, look at those eyes. She’s the unwavering defender of her creative little world. For the young tales such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland hold an important weight which is typically lost as one enters adulthood.
And our little friend is even wearing a dress which resembles that of Carol's Alice, which is nothing short of endearing. I love how the blue and white stands out against the wonderful rendering of mother's gold dress. Also, note all the tiny blue flower design throughout the embroidery of the couch, and how all the angular lines direct the perspective to mother and daughter.