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Through the Looking Glass exhibition opens July 8th

Thu 4 Jul 2013

Through the Looking Glass exhibition opens July 8th

Dimbola Museum and Galleries is set to host a new exhibition examining the influences on Through the Looking Glass author Lewis Carroll.

The sequel to his famous book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass is a tale of fantasy and wonder examining the themes of reality and wakefulness and draws on the Descartian premise of how anyone can truly be sure they are awake or simply living in a dream.

Opening Monday (July 8th) and running until October 6th, the show poses the question of whether British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron was the inspiration for Carroll's creation the White Queen.

Ms Cameron is today recognised as a pioneer in her field, a Victorian lady of leisure who rejected the traditional roles of conformity to be a freethinker and radical.

On several occasions she conversed with Carroll at Dimbola, with the exhibition highlighting to visitors the likelihood that the White Queen may in fact be a construct based on her personality, a point given weight by Carroll's tendency to base his characters on parodies of people he had met.

The show gives further credence to its claims by stating Carroll may have been attracted to the Dimbola area by the Freshwater Circle - a group of poets and philosophers including the famous writer Alfred Lord Tennyson, artist GF Watts and astronomer John Herschel.

Dimbola is open seven days a week from 10:00 to 17:00 BST and entry to the venue's many exhibitions is free, making the venue a perfect choice for individuals keen to expand their cultural horizons.

Other attractions at the centre that could whet the appetites of island visitors over the coming weeks include She Bop A Lula - a celebration of the most creative female singers and performers of the last six decades - and also The Wonder of Alice: The Illustrators, a look at the artists who helped capture the imagination of Alice in Wonderland, ranging from John Tenniel to Tim Burton.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801608380-ADNFCR

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