DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE) Photograph of a young girl with bucket and spade at the seaside, bearing his autograph endorsement in violet ink, Eastbourne, 1883
Lot 31
DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE)
Photograph of a young girl with bucket and spade at the seaside, bearing his autograph endorsement in violet ink, Eastbourne, 1883
Sold for £5,250 (US$ 8,711) inc. premium
Lot Details
DODGSON (CHARLES LUTWIDGE) 'Lewis Carroll'
Photograph of a young girl with bucket and spade at the seaside, bearing his autograph endorsement in violet ink: "for/ Miss Symonds/ from/ CLDodgson, a memento of the beach at Eastbourne in the summer of 1883", with typical flourished paraph beneath, albumen print, mounted on original card, lower right-hand corner of mount chipped, slight spotting, card 166 x 109mm., image 140 x 100mm., Eastbourne, 1883

Footnotes

  • LEWIS CARROLL POSES A GIRL WITH BUCKET AND SPADE AT THE SEASIDE: this photograph was probably taken at the studio of the commerical photograph William Kent of Eastbourne, where Dodgson spent his annual holidays. It is quite possible that he supervised the taking of the photograph himself, using Kent's studio, camera and equipment. Mrs Symonds, recipient of the two letters in the previous lots, had three daughters, namely Margaret Rosamund (born 1849), Mary 'May' Georgiana (born 1852) and Anne 'Annie' Harrison (born 1853). Margaret had married in 1875, leaving her two sisters at home; the recipient therefore would have been May (as the elder of the two being referred to simply as Miss Symonds, her sister being Miss Anne Symonds).

    Miss Symonds – a young lady of twenty-one – is clearly not the subject of our photograph. Dodgson frequented Kent's studio quite a few times in 1882 (although not again for some years); his 1882 diary recording sessions on 25 July: 'Took Marion and had her photographed at Kent's, in Gildridge Road'; 1 August: 'Mrs. Miller's sister brought May and Edith to see me, and left them for me to get them photographed at Kent's'; 19 August: 'Took Evie and Jessie to Kent's, and had two photos done of each'; 4 September: 'Got Winnie Howes photographed – alone, and with "Bibs"'; 8 September: 'Took Alice to Mr. Kent's at 2, and had two photos done: then Winnie Howes ditto in bathing-dress'; 16 September: 'Took Agnes to Mr. Kent, and had four photos done of her'; 25 September: 'At 2½ I took Jessie to Kent's and had two photos done'. Only the photographs of the Miller girls are known (who can be ruled out). The likeliest subject therefore appears to be Eleanor Winifred 'Winnie' Howes (born 1874), taken in her swimming costume at Kent's on 8 September.

    We are most grateful to Edward Wakeling, editor of the complete Lewis Carroll Diaries, for his help in cataloguing this lot.
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