Lewis Carroll: Photographer
on Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (otherwise known as Lewis Carroll) 1832-1898
Little girls befriended and photographed by Charles Dodgson (otherwise know as Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) included Ellen Terry, who went on to become one of the finest actresses of her generation; Sarah Angelina Acland, who became the most skilled early practitioner of colour photography in its pioneering years, and was awarded honorary fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society for it; Annie Rogers, who became Oxford’s first female don and a leading figure in establishing equality of opportunities for women in higher education; and most famous of all, Alice Liddell, who went on to become … Mrs Hargreaves.
A good few of the victims of his camera grew up to be strong and independently-minded women, and none of them ever needed psychotherapy; though at the age of 80 Mrs Hargreaves confessed to being “tired of being Alice in Wonderland”.
Women’s education was something Lewis Carroll believed in and pressed for, as well as proportional representation and a fairer political voting system …
The image is of Annie Rogers and Mary Jackson as Queen Eleanor and the Fair Rosamund, 1863. Carroll sent Annie a copy of the photograph along with this poem:
My dear Annie,
I send you
A picture, which I hope will
B one that you will like to
C. If your Mamma should
D sire one like it, I could
E sily get her one.
Your affectionate friend,
C. L. Dodgson.