John Tenniel was a well-known British illustrator with no formal art training, although he briefly attended the Royal Academy. He got his start by contributing a picture to the Society of British Artists exhibition, and painting a fresco in the House of Lords.
Tenniel began working with John Leech and Charles Keene in 1850, and did the weekly cartoon drawing of a political event for many years (he took over after Leech's death in 1864). Tenniel was also a regular contributor to Punch magazine in the late 19th century. However, John Tenniel is probably best remembered for his wonderful illustrations in Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass'. His 1890 cartoon 'Dropping the Pilot' depicting German emperor Otto von Bismarck stepping of a ship, is one of the most frequently reproduced cartoons in history books.