Henry Parry Liddon
Henry Parry Liddon
by Lewis Carroll
albumen print, June 1857
5 1/2 in. x 4 5/8 in. (140 mm x 117 mm)
Purchased with help from Kodak Ltd, 1973
Sitterback to top
- Henry Parry Liddon (1829-1890), Church of England clergyman and theologian. Sitter in 6 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-1898), Photographer and author of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Artist associated with 62 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
This portraitback to top
He was one of Dodgson's closest and most valued friends and they agreed on most issues (religion, art, architecture, women's education). One notable area of disagreement was the theatre; Dodgson was an avid theatre-goer, Liddon did not approve. Dodgson made his only journey abroad with Liddon when, from 12 July to 14 September 1867, they travelled to Russia together (Dodgson's diary of the journey was published in 1928 as Tour in 1867 and in 1935 as The Russian Journal). Liddon suggested the title Through the Looking-Glass (1871) for his friend's sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865).
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 381
Events of 1857back to top
Current affairsPalmerston passes the Matrimonial Causes Act in the face of parliamentary opposition. The act establishes divorce courts, although women, unlike men, are not allowed to sue for divorce on the grounds of adultery.
The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition is held, a follow-up to the Great Exhibition of 1851, although highlighting Britain's private art collections rather than industry and technology. More than 1.3 million people visit the event.
Art and scienceElizabeth Gaskell publishes The Life of Charlotte Brontë, a year after the author's death. The controversial biography consolidates the myth of the Brontë sisters as isolated geniuses living in remote Yorkshire.
Illustrator George Scharf becomes the first Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery, overseeing the collection's growth and its several moves around London before a permanent home is established in 1896, the year after Scharf's death.
InternationalThe Indian Revolt was a significant rebellion against the rule of the East Indian Company and a culmination of decades of discontent about British rule. After a year of horrific violence on both sides, the revolt was suppressed. It led to a more involved role by the British government in India, taking over responsibility from the East India Company.
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