3 of 72 portraits of John Ruskin
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by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
albumen print, 6 March 1875
3 1/2 in. x 2 1/4 in. (90 mm x 58 mm) overall
Given by an anonymous donor, 1973
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- John Ruskin (1819-1900), Writer, artist and social reformer. Sitter in 72 portraits.
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- Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-1898), Photographer and author of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Artist associated with 59 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
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Lewis Carroll and Ruskin never developed a close relationship but Carroll did ask for his opinion on occasion and, on 3 June 1875, persuaded him 'with some difficulty' to sit for this photograph. The resulting portrait is somewhat strained and awkward but remains an interesting record of their acquaintance.