© National Portrait Gallery, London and the National Media Museum (part of the Science Museum Group, London)
by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
wet collodion glass plate negative, Spring 1860
5 in. x 6 in. (126 mm x 152 mm)
Purchased jointly with the National Media Museum, Bradford, through the Art Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, 2002
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Sitterback to top
- Alice Pleasance Liddell (1852-1934), Inspiration for 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'; Daughter of Henry George Liddell. Sitter in 14 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-1898), Photographer and author of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Artist associated with 61 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
This portraitback to top
All photography is an attempt to fix the moment. This was the aim of the Oxford mathematician and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson when he repeatedly photographed Alice Liddell. She was the daughter of Dodgson's friend Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church in Oxford and it was for her that Dodgson wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll. In photographs that show Alice pretending to sleep, or posed as a beggar girl, Dodgson captured her high-spirits and playfulness. While the portraits belong to a genre of Victorian photograph that idealized childhood, such photographs can now seem disturbing to modern eyes. In 1863, Dodgson's friendship with the children ended abruptly. However, in 1870, Mrs Liddell commissioned a new portrait. The resulting image, conveys Alice's teenage awkwardness and Dodgson's regret at the passing of their 'wonderland'.
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- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Oxfordshire (Deanery garden, Christ Church, Oxford)
Events of 1860back to top
Current affairsAn early feminist movement, The Society for Promoting the Employment of Women is founded by Adelaide Anne Proctor, Emily Faithfull, Helen Blackburn, Bessie Parks, Emily Davies, Barbara Bodichon, and Jessie Boucherett.The Florence Nightingale Training School for Nurses opens at St Thomas's Hospital, in London, funded from the testimonial fund collected for Nightingale following her war services, and helping to establish nursing as a profession.
Art and scienceWilliam Morris and new wife Jane Burden move into the Red House, near Bexleyheath, Kent. The house, designed by Philip Webb, represents Morris's principle in interior design, that no object should be in a house that is not beautiful.Ford Madox Brown paints The Last of England, showing a boat of emigrants leaving England under desperate circumstances, inspired by the emigration of the Pre-Raphaelite Thomas Woolner to Australia in 1852.
InternationalItalian unification continues as the Treaty of Turin brings much of Northern Italy under nationalist leader Cavour's control, who cedes Savoy and Nice to France. Garibaldi siezes the opportunity to invade Marsala in Sicily with his army of 1,000 redshirts, proclaiming himself dictator in the name of Victor Emmanuel II. Republican Abraham Lincoln becomes President of the US, with only 39% of the popular vote.
Exhibitions and displays
- A Century of Photography, 1840-1940
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