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Exploring Wonderland: The White Rabbit

“The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets!”

Imagine a world in which Alice doesn’t meet the White Rabbit; an alternate timeline where she doesn’t think to leap down a mysterious hole in pursuit of the scurrying cottontail. Without the White Rabbit, and his dreadfully poor timekeeping, there would be no Wonderland and, certainly, no adventure. 

Of all the characters we have to thank, then, for the magical events that unfurl over the pages of Lewis Carroll's classic novel, it’s perhaps Alice’s first encounter who is most deserving. 

A very distinguished rabbit, sporting a waistcoat and forever checking his shiny gold pocket watch, the White Rabbit is Alice’s unofficial guide during her sprawling journey into the unknown. A paradox, both physically and emotionally—an animal dressed as a gentleman; a nervous ball of energy who has the courage to question the King of Hearts during the trial of the Knave. 

“Your Majesty, members of the jury, loyal subjects… and the King… the prisoner at the bar stands accused of enticing Her Majesty, the Queen of Hearts, into a game of croquet, thereby and with malice of forethought, molesting, tormenting, and otherwise annoying our beloved."

A source of inspiration

"Don't just do something, stand there!"

This iconic creation, captured so memorably in Lewis Carroll’s prose and John Tenniel's timeless illustrations, has been the source of great joy and inspiration for our work over the years. Each beautifully-handmade bronze sculpture is rendered with every description and pen stroke in mind, and we’re immensely proud to have The White Rabbit as part of our collection.

If you’re looking to capture the essence of Wonderland in your garden, there are few more symbolic characters to choose from. Nestled in the plant life and shrubbery in your outdoor spaces or stood majestically on a plinth on your patio or decking, a White Rabbit bronze sculpture truly embodies the spirit of Carroll’s enduring adventure. 

Thinking of gifting a Robert James Workshop sculpture this Christmas? How about a White Rabbit miniature for the literary lovers in your lives? But do hurry, reader, we really mustn't be late…get in touch today!

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Posted on November 9th 2022

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