Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 'Lewis Carroll'

'Mary J. MacDonald dreaming of her father [George MacDonald] and brother Ronald' (About 1864)

About this artwork

This work by author and photographer Lewis Carroll is composed from at least three separate photographs, and is possibly a combination of negatives stuck together and actual photographic prints cut and pasted. It shows the sleeping Mary Josephine MacDonald, conjuring up a dream-like vision of her father, the author George MacDonald, and her younger brother Ronald. Lewis Carroll, who lived and worked in Oxford, befriended many children, particularly young girls whom he adored and often photographed. Known to the MacDonald children as Uncle Dodgson, he lent them his manuscript of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, named after another child-friend, Alice Liddell. The children’s delighted reception of the book convinced Carroll to publish it, resulting in its world-wide success.

Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 'Lewis Carroll'

Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 'Lewis Carroll'

Charles Dodgson was an Oxford academic in the fields of mathematics and logic. He is known to us as Lewis Carroll, the author of nonsense works for children, and for his photographs. Many of Carroll's portraits of children are serious, reflecting the deadpan element of the humour in his Alice books and Alice's rational approach to the adult nonsense she encounters. Carroll took great pleasure in the company of children, and used to amuse them with stories and drawings in order to take their photos 'before the right mood had passed'.