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John Tenniel Biography, Age, Death, Height, Weight, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : February 28, 2020

Short Biography

John Tenniel was born on 28-02-1820 in Bayswater, London, United Kingdom. He was an English Illustrator, Cartoonist, Artist & Author.

Other Name: Sir John Tenniel
Other Professions: Cartoonist Artist Author

John Tenniel Complete Bio & Career

Sir John Tenniel is very famous Victorian time English illustrator, political cartoonist and graphic humourist whose prominence grew too much in the second half of the 19th century. He had even been knighted for the artistic achievements in 1893.
His memory is especially livid because of his success as the principal political cartoonist for the Punch magazine for over 50 years and his illustrations in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll.He was quite content to stay out of the limelight and would not be affected by competition or change. Tenniel had received a serious eye wound from his father’s foil while practicing with him. Tennis had gradually lost his eyesight in the right eye but did not ever tell this to his father so that he would not be upset further.
In 1842, Tenniel had become a student of the Royal Academy of Arts by probation. This is because he had submitted several copies of classical sculptures for the necessary admission portfolio. He had studied classical sculptures through painting but was frustrated that was never taught to draw. The classical statues from London’s Townley gallery, copied illustrations from the books of costumes, the animals from the zoo and the actors from the London theatres were drawn by Tenniel during this phase. He was honoured with a Google Doodle on 28-02-2020.
The first book illustration by John Tenniel was The Book of British Ballads by Samuel Carter Hall in 1842. He had also won the opportunity to design the mural decoration of the new Palace of Westminster through the House of Lords competition. He had also received a 200-pound premium. He had contributed numerous cartoons, minor drawings, many double page cartoons and others. Tenniel had drawn ninety-two drawings for Lewis Carroll’s works – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. He was honored with a farewell banquet in January 1901 when he retired.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

He died on 25-02-1914 in London, United Kingdom at the age of 93.

DEATHDAY 25 February,1914 (Saturday)
DEATH COUNTRY United Kingdom

John Tenniel Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to to John Baptist Tenniel and Eliza Maria Tenniel. He had 5 siblings including sister Mary. He was the partner of Julia Tenniel.

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Skin Colour White
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Bayswater, England
Nationality English
Religion Christian
Address London, England
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Painting
Marital Status Unmarried
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Sport Cricket

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About John Tenniel

  • He had been invited by Mark Lennon to be the joint cartoonist on Punch based on his illustrations on Aesop’s Fables.
  • He had contributed the first drawing in the initial letter, with his first cartoon being Lord Jack the Giant Killer.
  • He had illustrated the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland after long talks with Carroll.

John Tenniel Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

John Tenniel was 93 years 11 months & 26 days old age.