This miniature dollhouse scene was inspired by Alice in Wonderland, and features figurines of the queen, Alice, Humpty-Dumpty, and others in the garden. After rereading Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Sheila McKisic wanted to recreate some of the scenes in miniature. She was especially inspired by the illustrations of Arthur Rackman.

Everything in this scene is an original creation with the exception of the roses. Humpty Dumpty, who was featured in the second book, was added because it seemed appropriate for him to sit on the wall looking down on the croquet match. He was made from a wooden egg and Sculpy. The Cheshire cat was also included in the tree as he is such a vital part of the Alice story.

The Queen of Hearts’ dress was hand painted based on playing card designs. The flamingoes were quite difficult to make, which is why only one is standing. The scene was contributed to the museum by the San Diego Miniature Crafters.

Exhibit added: October 14, 2017 - Last modified: May 22, 2024

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship