Currently, there is an exhibition at the Morgan Library devoted to Alice in Wonderland. I love children’s literary classics and Alice is one of them, what with the rhyming, songs and cast of crazy characters. I met up with my friend Q once more and we went to check out the exhibit the day after her birthday.
Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t feeling well at all that morning but I went anyway (I did feel much better later on in the day) and tried to enjoy it as much as I could. The exhibit is titled Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland and some of the items on display included photos of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, sketches and illustrations from the book by Carroll himself as well as John Tenniel. And of course, there were copies of the book itself including a limited first edition that had been recalled because Tenniel wasn’t satisfied with the quality of how his illustrations appeared in the printed copies.
We also checked out a photography exhibit upstairs after we finished with the Alice exhibit and then went down to the cafe for the Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea that is currently on their lunch menu. We ordered one tea set and split it between us. The tiered tray was absolutely adorable, decorated with illustrations from the book and topped with a sign that said “Eat Me”.
The were four tea sandwiches, cut into spades and clubs. The ones I tasted were egg salad and I think a chicken salad; there was a salmon one and I’m unsure what the last one was. On the top tier was a scone (with jam and clotted cream topped with purple glitter), a treacle tart and a heart shaped linzer cookie. For a casual cafe, I thought the offerings were fine though Q didn’t enjoy it much. Since it wasn’t a fancy hotel tea, one should not have high expectations but for me it was enjoyable. I might have been more critical if I had been feeling better but a cup of hot tea did go a long way in helping me out (I was freezing in the exhibit rooms).
For those that are interested, there’s still time to check out the exhibit. It runs through October 12, 2015.