Lewis Carroll's pictures of the real Alice to go on display


Blackleaf
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Lewis Carroll's photographs of the girl who inspired Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will go on display alongside images of her as an older woman.

They will be shown in the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.

Lewis Carroll's pictures of the real Alice to go on display


23 August 2017
BBC News


Alice Liddell was the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church

Lewis Carroll's photographs of the girl who inspired Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will go on display alongside images of her as an older woman.

They will be shown in the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.

The Oxford academic photographed his neighbour Alice Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, as a girl.

Years later she was photographed by him again, as well as by Julia Margaret Cameron whose work is also featured.


Alice pictured with her siblings Ina, Harry and Edith Mary


Liddell was photographed in 1872 by Julia Margaret Cameron

Carroll's fascination with Liddell, who died aged 82 in 1934, has been the subject of speculation.

Phillip Prodger, the show's curator, said: "Much has been written about the relationship between Carroll and Alice.

"We will never know exactly how Carroll himself felt about his subjects, and there is no doubt he developed deep personal attachments with many of his sitters.

"Nevertheless, Carroll nearly always photographed his children with their parents present, and no claims of impropriety were ever made in his lifetime.

"For Victorian artists, children represented the blank slate of humanity - the potential to experience pure thought and feeling before the corruptions of modern life intervened."


Carroll photographed his muse years later as an adult


Carroll's fascination with Liddell (right) has been the subject of speculation

The images of Liddell as a girl come from the gallery's own collection, but have only rarely been on display.

The exhibition will also feature portraits of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79), Oscar Rejlander (1813-75) and Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822-65) as well as Carroll (1832-98 ).

The exhibition runs from 1 March to 20 May, 2018.

Lewis Carroll's pictures of the real Alice to go on display - BBC News
 
Curious Cdn
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Nobody smiled in Victorian England. They all look miserable.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Nobody smiled in Victorian England. They all look miserable.

Carroll was aiming to get some Alice on his phallus. Fortunately for her, the girl hit puberty and Carroll lost interest.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Nobody smiled in Victorian England. They all look miserable.

The long exposure times didn't help.

Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Carroll was aiming to get some Alice on his phallus. Fortunately for her, the girl hit puberty and Carroll lost interest.

As a sexy beggar-maid in 1858:



The woman on the left is Mary-Jean, Alice Liddell's granddaughter, and the woman on the right is Vanessa Tait, Alice Liddell's great-granddaughter....