Alice Liddell(1852-1934), Inspiration for 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'; daughter of Henry George Liddell
Alice Pleasance Liddell
Sitter in 16 portraits
Her family moved from London to Oxford in 1856 and soon afterwards befriended Lewis Carroll. He became a regular visitor, playing croquet with the children, telling them stories and taking them on picnics by the river Isis. He also used Alice and younger sister Edith as subjects for his hobby, photography. On one of their picnics, in 1862, he created the story of Alice in Wonderland. Alice, aged ten, asked him to write it down for her; this he did, drawing his own illustrations, in a notebook that now resides in the British Library. It was published in 1865 as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, in 1871.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below