One of the most iconic fictional felines in popular culture is the Cheshire Cat created by writer Lewis Carroll (the pen name of Charles Dodgson) in his highly influential fantastical novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The grinning Cheshire Cat was visualized by John Tenniel, who provided 42 wood-engraved illustrations for the novel.
John Tenniel was born in February 1820 in London, England. He was a regular contributor to the weekly satirical magazine Punch, drawing over 2,000 political cartoons for the publication. Today Tenniel is best known for his illustrations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871). He passed away in February 1914 at the age of 93.