This color illustration from The Nursery Alice (an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for very young readers) shows the behind-the-scenes process of color printing. Each stage represents a printing plate of the same image inked with different colors, building to the finished illustration.
One of the many highlights from our online exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.
Tenniel, John. Proof plates for “The Jury Box,” 1889, from The Nursery Alice.
Houghton Library, Harvard University