“Sir John Tenniel (28 February 1820 – 25 February 1914) was an English illustrator, graphic humorist and political cartoonist prominent in the second half of the 19th century. He was knighted for artistic achievements in 1893. Tenniel is remembered mainly as the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine for over 50 years and for his illustrations to Lewis Carroll‘s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871).”
David Fletcher wrote at myminifactory.com:
“After the removal of the Temple Bar Gate on the Strand this memorial was built to mark the location of the western entrance to the City of London. It was designed by Horace Jones and features a dragon on top and statues of Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales on the sides.
The strikingly rampant “griffin” (as it is traditionally known) crowning the Temple Bar Memorial is really a dragon, the symbol of the City of London. The mythical griffin, as anyone familiar with Tenniel’s illustration of the “Gryphon” in Alice in Wonderland knows, is half-eagle, half-lion, and so has feathery rather than webbed and scaly wings, and a heavy rather than a reptilian body. Dragons feature on the City arms in association with the Cross of St George, and are featured on boundary markers in the City, in their positive role as guardians of the City’s treasure.”
Catriona Troth wrote at wordswithjam.co.uk on 24.9.15:
“Tenniel himself turned his own drawings into political cartoons in Punch – such as his ‘Alice in Blunderland’ cartoon, showing the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle deriding the newly erected Temple Bar memorial on Fleet Street.”