Carroll’s early sketches

Carroll had difficulty depicting the Blue Caterpillar. Completely wrapped up on itself, the creature is somehow limbless and must rest the hookah awkwardly on the mushroom. The depiction on the right, in brown ink, is a later trial.

Lewis Carroll (1832–1898)
Preliminary sketches of the Blue Caterpillar
Drawing (graphite and pen-and-ink on paper), 1862-1864
Photography: Christ Church Library
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