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Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Lot 319: Lewis Carroll


May 10, 2001
London, United Kingdom

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Lewis Carroll
ella monier-williams. six portraits, probably may-july 1866
comprising three portraits of the sitter wearing a check dress (one posed as a soldier, one leaning on arm of chaise longue, and one seated on chaise longue), one wearing New Zealand costume, one seated reading a book, and one in a nightdress posed as if sleeping, Albumen Prints, mounted on board behind window matt, inscribed 'Photographs taken by Lewis Carroll with his own Camera in his Rooms at Christ Church, Oxford in 1864-5. Ella C.F. Monier Williams (now Mrs Samuel Bickersteth) daughter of the late Sir M. Monier-Williams, D.C.L., K.C.I.E. Boden Professor of Sanscrit in the University of Oxford' in later hand in ink on the mount,
from 132 by 106mm to 213 by 176mm
Carroll recorded in his diary on May 1st 1866 his first meeting with the Monier-Williams family and his wish to photograph Ella 'whom I had noticed before'. Mrs Monier-Williams brought her daughter to Carroll's rooms to be photographed on the 24th of that month. The diary also records a photographic session during the first week of July 1866 during which he photographed her with ethnographic items from
New Zealand borrowed from the Ashmolean Museum. The photograph in the present sale of her in costume is likely to be a variant of that taken of Ella 'asleep, covered with a native cloak, and with anklet etc.'
Another print of Ella as a soldier illustrated: Helmut Gernsheim, Lewis Carroll Photographer, New York, 1969 (1949), pl. 59.

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