© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) Click on the links below to find out more
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
- John Ruskin (1819-1900), Writer, artist and social reformer. Sitter associated with 80 portraits.
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.
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