Lewis Carroll and his family at Croft Rectory

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Lewis Carroll and his family at Croft Rectory, probably by Robert Wilfred Skeffington Lutwidge, circa 1852-1860 - NPG P32 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Lewis Carroll and his family at Croft Rectory

probably by Robert Wilfred Skeffington Lutwidge
albumen print, circa 1852-1860
6 7/8 in. x 8 5/8 in. (175 mm x 219 mm)
Purchased, 1977
Primary Collection
NPG P32


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Dodgson created his famous pen name from his own: the Latin for 'Charles' is 'Carolus', thus 'Carroll'; 'Lutwidge' (Dodgson's mother's maiden name) = 'Lugwig', the German for 'Lewis'. He became an undergraduate of Christ Church, Oxford in 1851 and, when he took up photography in 1856, was a Student (Fellow) and Mathematics Lecturer of the college. Dodgson remained at Christ Church throughout his life and it was there that he wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871). This photograph, taken by Dodgson's uncle, shows the Dodgson family posed on the lawn before their home, Croft Rectory in Yorkshire. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson sits on the grass to the left.