Tenniel drew the sketch in 1880 after his drawing for the first edition (1865) of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." He would occasionally craft drawings from "Alice" to give as gifts, and in this case the drawing was given to Fred Evans, editor of Punch Magazine. Both drawing and letter were part of the estate of Mrs. Evans. Tenniel writes, "My dear Evans, This is to thank you very much indeed for the cheques and to say that if my frequent applications have been in any way troublesome and annoying to you, how much I regret it - and to assure you that they have been no less so as to myself. I quite agree with you that the present mode of settlement is more agreeable to me, sincerely so. We don't have this till... so you shall have the zinc drawing tomorrow afternoon. I am quite curious to see the result of the experiment...." Signed, "John Tenniel." The experiment was the use of a zinc plate for engraving rather than the conventional steel plate.
The sketch measures 6.75 x 5 inches and the letter 4.75 /x 7.1 inches. Both float on a dark gray mat overlaid with a white mat, framed together in black satin finished wood, matted and framed in museum quality materials, in 5/8/inch black satin wood measuring together in a 16 ¾ x 13 ¾. The frame is open at the back to show the second side with Tenniel's signature.