Salvador Dalí

Alice in Wonderland – Frontispiece

1969
heliogravure on paper
Inventory number 321
In 1969 Salvador Dalí illustrated a limited edition of the classic 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly referred to as Alice in Wonderland), written by Lewis Carroll. 

The frontispiece of a book refers to an illustrated page and the title page at the front of a volume. Alice in Wonderland – Frontispiece is signed by Dalí.

The figure on the frontispiece depicts a golden silhouette of Alice, representing her beauty. A skipping rope is frozen in time above her head, signifying eternal youth.  The portrayal of Alice with a skipping rope continues throughout the illustrated chapters of the book.