DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE)] "Lewis Carroll" COLLINGWOOD (STUART DODGSON) The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll
Lot 139
DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE)] "Lewis Carroll" Three albumen print portraits of Alexandra Rhoda ("Xie") Kitchin
Sold for £24,000 (US$ 40,339) inc. premium
Lot Details
Three albumen portraits of Alexandra Rhoda ("Xie") Kitchin, each on a cabinet card with Carroll's negative number, his grading letter on recto and verso as well as a caption in the photographer's hand, the grading letters and captions in the characteristic violet ink, inscriptions in other hands on versos, images 150 x 100mm., [1873]; loosely inserted in a copy of "The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll" by Stuart Dodgson Collingwood, with an autograph letter of presentation from William L. Dodgson to Mrs. Cardew (née Kitchin), illustrations, front free endpaper loose, inscribed on the half-title by 'A.R. Cardew. Dec. 13. 1898', bookplate of Alain de Suzannet, publisher's cloth, 8vo, T. Fisher Unwin, 1898


  • The prints comprise: 'Xie in Danish Dress', [Neg. 2132; Taylor & Wakeling, p.215], Christ Church Studio, 14 May, 1873; 'Tea Merchant on Duty', [Neg. 2155; Taylor and Wakeling, p.216], Christ Church, 14 July, 1873; 'Tea Merchant Off Duty', [Neg. 2156; Taylor & Wakeling, p.216], Christ Church Studio, 14 July, 1873. The last two are essentially a pair. Each image has to small holes at one extremity, probably to enable them to be attached into a volume.

    The book was given by Dodgson's brother William to "Xie" Kitchin, one of Dodgson's favourite girl subjects, after she had married and become Mrs. Cardew. His letter states that "we shall be very pleased if you will accept this book from us". The image of "Xie in Danish Dress" and "Tea Merchant Off Duty" are reproduced as full-page illustrations in the book. Dodgson thought these images amongst his best, and it is only these and a couple of Alice Liddell that were selected for The Life and Letters, the editor noting, on p.367, "Another of Lewis Carroll's early favourites, was Miss Alexandra (Xie) Kitchin, daughter of the Dean of Durham. Her father was for fifteen years the Censor of the unattached members of the University of Oxford, so that Dodgson had plenty of opportunities of photographing his little friend, and it is only fair to him to say that he did not neglect them". Sold with a copy of Helmut Gernsheim's Lewis Carroll photographer, (1949).

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that Dodgson's brother was named Wilfred rather than William L. Dodgson.