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Peter Smith - Impossimals

1850 - 1851, England

Limited Edition Canvas on Board of 95
Image Size 28" x 22½"
Framed 650

In 1864, Lewis Carroll attended a gallery event in Oxford at which Charles Burroughs was speaking about his encounter with one of the Empire's least-known animals, the Giant Lagomorph (also known as a Fat Floppy Fluff). Usually only seen around tea-time, Fat Floppy Fluffs love nothing more than enjoying a cup of tea on a summer night.

Charles was recounting the tale of how he followed a Fat Floppy Fluff after discovering one on Wimbledon Common. At first he thought he had discovered a Womble, but closer inspection revealed a rounder body and an absence of tweed.

His trek led him to a large hole underneath a Bongleberry bush. One slip and he fell in, only stopping when he landed several hundred feet down the hole onto a moss bed. He was curious to discover more, and after fiddling about with grow and shrink potions, found his way into a magic garden full of childhood memories. The Fat Floppy Fluff was nowhere to be seen, but a passing Leicestershire Cat showed him the way back to Wimbledon Common.

Moved by Charles's story, Lewis Carroll decided to write about his adventures; to make it more plausible he disguised the tale as fiction. It's only because of the discovery of this painting years later that we can finally say that Wonderland was real. To this day, Alice in Wonderland remains the best non-fictional account of the Fat Floppy Fluff.


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