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The Rossetti Family

1 of 5 portraits of Frances Mary Lavinia Rossetti (née Polidori)

The Rossetti Family, by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), 7 October 1863 - NPG P56 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Rossetti Family

by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
albumen print, 7 October 1863
6 7/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (175 mm x 222 mm)
Given by Helen Macgregor, 1978
Primary Collection
NPG P56


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This famous photograph is one of a series taken of the Rossetti family by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, in the garden of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's house in Cheyne Walk on 7 October 1863. Although best remembered as an artist, Dante Gabriel (standing on the left of the group) was also a significant, if controversial, poet. Seated next to him is his sister, Christina, one of the greatest women poets of the Victorian period, and standing on the right beside their mother Frances, is William Michael Rossetti, a distinguished literary critic and historian.

Given by Miss Helen Macgregor, 1978.

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