Last Friday, Dan (he has decided he wants to go by his real name hence forth) and I had the pleasure of checking out the Alice in Wonderland Exhibit at The Morgan Museum in New York. We were between Alice and checking out the Frida Khalo Garden exhibit at the Bronx Museum and this won out because Friday’s night are free at the Morgan.
The exhibit was truly enchanting. I had no idea going in that Alice was a real person, and the story of Louis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) chance meeting with her and her sister on a boat down a river was really remarkable. The story goes, that young Alice and her sisters asked Mr. Carroll and his Robinson Duckworth for a story while floating down a river toward the town of Godstow in England for a picnic. Later, Alice requested a manuscript of the story and the rest is history.
As a child Alice had to write many letters; in the upper echelons of society girls were made to write to any number of family members and friends detailing their lives from the extraordinary to the mundane. This is the writing kit Alice used.
And some rare drawings from different versions of the book…
The small but popular exhibit was definitely worth a trip to the Morgan, and if you have time you can check out the Hemingway exhibit across the hall.