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Off with their heads! (Alice and the Queen of Hearts) by Wil Zender


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Off with their heads! (Alice and the Queen of Hearts) by 

Monochrome pencils on paper. 35,5 × 43 cm (14’’ x 17").

“Off with their heads!” — or Alice and the Queen of Hearts — is the second drawing of the series entitled “A journey in Wonderland”, which was inspired by one of my favourite books: “Alice in Wonderland”, published in 1865 by the British mathematician and writer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known worldwide as Lewis Carroll.

The drawing takes us into one of the most tense and funny scenes of the book: Alice’s encounter with the capricious and unforgiving Queen of Hearts, in Chapter VIII “The Queen’s Croquet-Ground”. In this part, three gardeners shaped like cards — named Two, Five and Seven — are busily painting in red color the roses planted in a garden by order of the Queen, but the flowers turned out to be white by mistake. However, while Alicia interrogates the worried gardeners, suddenly appears the Queen of Hearts with her great royal entourage, who, after discover the error in the rose-trees, explodes with anger, threatening to cut off the heads to the three poor servants. Fortunately, Alicia manages to intervene just in time, saving the gardeners after hiding them in a large flower-pot that stood near.

No doubt this is one of the most elaborate and amusing drawings I’ve done, full of little details like the headdress and gown of the Queen, the Knave and the Royal Crown, the Castle of Hearts and the roses that flourish within the garden. Now, all I hope is that the Queen of Hearts does not order to cut off my head when she discovers her royal portrait in my drawing…

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I’m an artist who lives in Lima, Peru. I enjoy drawing and painting about fantasy, magic, fairy tales, classic children books and mythological themes. I also love to create animal and nature compositions. © All rights reserved. All images contained on these pages are © copyright protected by Wil Zender and any use of these images in any form without his written permission will be considered an infringement of these copyrights.

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  • TheAngelique
    TheAngeliqueover 1 year ago

    This could not have been placed before my eyes at a more perfect moment…as I have been singing “We’re Painting The Roses Red” in my head for weeks now…LOVELY.

  • Thank you very much for your kind words, I’m so happy you have the chance to see my drawing :D More details of this work at
    Greetings from Spain!

    – Wil Zender

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 1 year ago

    Nice work, I like the detail!

  • Thank you very much, Cindy!!!

    – Wil Zender

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    - nawroski -over 1 year ago


  • Thank you very much, Andrew!

    – Wil Zender

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