Salvador Dalí

Alice in Wonderland – The queen’s croquet ground

1969
heliogravure on paper
Inventory number 329
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. 

In Carroll’s fairy tale, Alice uses a key to open a door to a beautiful garden. It is the Queen of Heart’s croquet garden. The guards to the garden are living playing cards. Alice joins in the croquet game which uses hedgehogs as balls and flamingos as mallets. During the game, the Queen becomes mad and orders beheadings.