Salvador Dalí

Alice in Wonderland – Who stole the tarts?

1969
heliogravure on paper
Inventory number 332
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, the Queen of Heart’s tarts are stolen. A trial is held, with the King of Hearts ruling as judge. The Knave of Hearts is accused of stealing the tarts and Alice defends him. A large tart is pictured in the centre of Dalí’s artwork, surrounded by majestical animals that serve as jury at the trial.