Alice Liddell

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-98)

25 June 1870

Albumen carte-de-visite, 25 June 1870

3 1/2 in. x 2 1/4 in. (91 mm x 58 mm)

© National Portrait Gallery, London P991(11)

Purchased jointly with the National Media Museum, Bradford, 2002

Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alice Liddell, who in early childhood had been the inspiration for Dodgson's fictional Alice, is seen here as an elegant and reflective young woman of 18. The photographic record of her visit to his studio is significant in view of the fact that for years now she is said to have had little contact with Dodgson; and that "little" is, moreover, said to have been "infrequent and formal" (Jones and Gladstone 160). — Jacqueline Banerjee