This is one of a series of screenprints Blake made to illustrate Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. It was made while Blake was in his Ruralist phase, living near Bath. This print, boldly graphic in its composition, relates to the scene in the book where Alice discovers the chess pieces are alive.
So Alice picked him up very gently, 1970
One of the leading figures in British pop art, Peter Blake is known for his urban realist subjects. Born in Dartford in 1932, he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art in 1956. Remaining in the city for more than a decade, Blake was at the cultural centre of vibrant 1960s London. His work fuses high art and popular culture, referencing historical artworks, weekly magazines, children’s stories, movie stars and musicians. His output is famously broad ranging and includes painting, graphic design, collage, book illustration, sculpture and printing. He was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain in 1983.