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The White Knight is a fictional character in Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking-Glass. He represents the chess piece of the same name. As imagined in John Tenniel's illustrations for the Alice stories he has echoes of John Millais's Sir Isumbras at the Ford. [1]

Storyline

The White Knight saves Alice from his opponent, the Red Knight. He repeatedly falls off his horse and lands on his head, and tells Alice of his inventions, which consists of things such as a pudding with ingredients like blotting paper, an upside down container, and anklets to guard his horse against shark bites. He recites a poem of his own composition, 'A-Sitting on a Gate', (but the song's name is 'Haddocks' Eyes') and he and Alice depart.

Film incarnations

  • Alice (2009) (TV) Played by Matt Frewer
  • The Slick White Rabbit (2005) Played by Steve Furedy
  • Alice Underground (1999) Played by Chris Danuser
  • Alice in Wonderland (1999 film) (TV) Played by Christopher Lloyd
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998) (TV) Played by Ian Holm
  • Chess Wars (1996) Played by Kirk B.R. Woller
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (1987) (TV) Played by Alan Young
  • Alice in Wonderland (1985 film) (TV) Played by Lloyd Bridges
  • Great Performances: "Alice in Wonderland" (1983) TV episode, Played by Richard Burton
  • Alice in Wonderland 1982 (TV) Played by Stephen Boe
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (1974) (TV) Played by Geoffrey Bayldon
  • Alice in Wonderland (or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?) (1966) (TV) Played by Bill Dana
  • Alice in Wonderland (1955) (TV) Played by Reginald Gardiner
  • Alice in Wonderland (1933) Played by Gary Cooper
  • In the 2010 movie the White Knight is on of the White Queen's soldiers. He looks almost exactly like the real chess piece, he has the head of a horse.

References

  1. Tom Lubbock, Great Works, The Independent, 17 April 2009
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