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Lot 1058/0216

SOLD Hammer price: €1800, Estimate: €1800-2500

Original Photograph by the Author of “Alice”

Dodgson (Charles) a.k.a. ‘
Lewis Carroll,’ author of Alice in Wonderland.
A very rare original mounted Photograph showing the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson seated on a sofa with his young son Hallam, and with James Garth Marshall and his wife Mary (nee Spring Rice of Mt. Trenchard, Foynes, Co. Limerick) & their daughter Julia Mary, Murrough O’Brien’s grandmother (Mrs. Ed. William O’Brien) – see rear.
the photograph very slightly marked but generally in remarkably good order, mounted, approx. 5″ with arched corners x 5 3/4″.
The photograph is not signed but is identical to the copy in the Princeton University Library, where it is ascribed to Charles Dodgson, & dated 1857. It is reproduced in ‘Tarn Howe and Monk Coniston Project,’ concerning the work of James Garth Marshall, who bought the Mount Coniston Estate in 1836. Mount Coniston later became the home of Beatrix Potter.
* Charles Dodgson was an unknown lecturer in mathematics until he published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland originally composed for a neighbours child, and probably the most influential of all children’s books in 1865. He was also a pioneering photographer. His photographs are exceptionally rare.
Provenance:
The De Vere Family, Curragh Chase, Co. Limerick.
* See note at start of Catalogue.

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