King of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland (fretwork figure)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Exhibit

King of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland (fretwork figure)

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location:
Arch Two , Area 58
Wooden Cutout Figures (display)
Puppet Corner

A jointed wooden figure of The King of Hearts from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", by Lewis Carroll

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The figure was created in Lord Robert's Workshops, and is jointed to have moving arms and legs.

About the character

In the book, the King appears as a calming influence in the court of Hearts as he does his best to pardon everyone that his wife sentences to death. This only extends until the final trial of the Knave of Hearts, where he reveals himself to be just as immature and volatile as The Queen.