DODGSON, CHARLES LUTWIDGE (LEWIS CARROLL). 1832-1898. Original albumen print photograph, approximately 6 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches, Chelsea, London, October 7, 1863, of the Rossetti Family at home,

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DODGSON, CHARLES LUTWIDGE (LEWIS CARROLL). 1832-1898.
Original albumen print photograph, approximately 6 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches, Chelsea, London, October 7, 1863, of the Rossetti Family at home,

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£ 40,000 - 55,000

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AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF PRE-RAPHAELITE LITERATURE
DODGSON, CHARLES LUTWIDGE (LEWIS CARROLL). 1832-1898.
Original albumen print photograph, approximately 6 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches, Chelsea, London, October 7, 1863, of the Rossetti Family at home, identified in pen on verso: "Photograph taken by Ch. L. Dodgson (Lewis Carol) [sic] in the Cheyne Walk Gardens c.1865?" and in another hand: "Probably 1863 (Autumn)," somewhat irregular in shape, but generally very good.
Provenance: William Michael Rossetti, by descent to his daughter, Helen Rossetti Angeli (who inscribed the verso).

Dodgson's rarely seen portrait of the Rossetti Family in the garden of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's house on Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London depicts, left to right: Christina Rossetti, Maria Francesca Rossetti, Frances Livinia Rossetti and Dante Rossetti, the latter two seated at table playing chess. The composition was arranged photographed and printed by Dodgson - perfectly fitting from the author of the chess-themed Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
Of a similar print, Christina Rossetti wrote, describing the day "the author of Wonderland photographed us in the garden": "It was our aim to appear in the full family group of five; but whilst various others succeeded, that particular negative was spoilt by a shower, and I possess a solitary print taken from it in which we appear as if splashed by ink" (quoted by Mackenzie Bell, Christina Rossetti [London, 1898]. From Jacqueline Banerjee of the Victorian Web: "Morton Cohen explains that in early October 1863 Dodgson was staying with the sculptor Alexander Munro, who took him to see the Rossettis. Dante Gabriel was "most hospitable in his offers of the use of house and garden for picture-taking" (Cohen 240) and he was able to take two pictures of Christina, and one of Dante Gabriel Rossetti himself. Dodgson wrote in his diary, "I afterwards looked through a huge volume of drawings, some of which l am to photograph — a great treat, as I had never seen such exquisite drawing before. I dined with Mr. Rossetti, and spent some of the evening there.... A memorable day" (Cohen 240). He returned the next day and photographed the whole family, subsequently photographing Rossetti's drawings and one of his models. The contact with the Rossettis proved useful, introducing him to Swinburne and others. And Dodgson and Christina Rossetti would remain in contact over the years, with Dodgson presenting Rossetti with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Nursery Alice. She, in turn, gave him a copy of her Pageant and Other Poems. Rossetti's book of stories for children Speaking Likenesses is said to have been influenced by Alice.
"Rossetti looks relaxed and genial in this portrait, which gives a flavour of the pleasant visit." Edward Wakeling in The Photographs of Lewis Carroll, A Catalogue Raisonne describes the photographs by Carroll taken at the Rossettis' with a census of those found, listing only five outside the example at the University of Texas at Austin, of which only one is the full image as this example, the others being either vignette prints, and one without Christina Rossetti. No similar quality original Lewis Carroll photograph of the Rossetti family has sold on the open market in recent years. Of the three known complete images of this photograph, only this and one other exist in private hands. Wakeling Carroll 1134.
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