William Francis Phillipps (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
15" x 19" (390mm x 490mm)Date:
c. 1968This is the original Watercolour painting by William Francis Phillipps.
In Chapter Seven A Mad Tea-Party: Alice becomes a guest at a "mad" tea party along with the March Hare, the Hatter, and a very tired Dormouse who falls asleep frequently, only to be violently woken up moments later by the March Hare and the Hatter.
The characters give Alice many riddles and stories, including the famous 'Why is a raven like a writing desk?'. The Hatter reveals that they have tea all day because Time has punished him by eternally standing still at 6 pm (tea time).
Alice becomes insulted and tired of being bombarded with riddles and she leaves claiming that it was the stupidest tea party that she had ever been to. The artwork was probably produced for Once Upon A Time or Playhour in the mid-late 1960's.